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Pakistan | Family List | Poaceae | Tricholaena

Tricholaena teneriffae (Linn. f.) Link, Handb. Erekenn. Gewachse. 1:91. 1829. Duthie, Fodder Grasses 12. 1888; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 7:65. 1896; Blatter & McCann, Bombay Grasses 176. 1935; Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 1:51. 1958; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 369. 1960; Bor in Towns., Guest & Al-Rawi, Fl. Iraq 9:506. 1968; Bor in Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 70:507. 1970; Clayton in Tutin et al., Fl. Eur. 5:264. 1980.

  • Agrostis plumosa Tenore
  • Melinis leucantha (A. Rich.) Chiov.
  • Melinis teneriffae (Linn. f.) Hack.
  • Panicum leucanthum A. Rich.
  • Panicum teneriffae (Linn. f.) R. Br.
  • Saccharum teneriffae Linn. f.
  • Tricholaena leucantha (A. Rich.) Stapf & Hubbard

    Perennial, forming tussocks from a woody rootstock; culms 10-60 cm high, ascending, wiry with narrow leaves or herbaceous and leafy. Leaf-blades flat or involute, 2-15 cm long, 1-5 mm wide. Panicle usually narrowly oblong, 3-15 cm long, fairly dense. Spikelets 2.5-35 mm long; lower glume a minute truncate scale (rarely up to 0.5 mm ); upper glume ovate, tuberculate pilose with white hairs extending 0.54 mm beyond the tip, but often glabrous in the upper quarter, acute and usually mucronate; lower lemma resembling the upper glume.

    Fl. & Fr. Per.: April-May and again from September through to December or January.

    Type: Teneriffe, Masson (K).

    Distribution: Pakistan (Sind, Baluchistan, Punjab & N.W.F.P.); tropical East Africa northwards to the Mediterranean: thence westwards to the Canary and Cape Verde Islands, and eastwards to India.

    This is a species that grows in the most inhospitable places but with no known value as a fodder grass. No doubt some desert grazing animals will eat it.


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