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Pakistan | Family List | Poaceae | Lasiurus

Lasiurus scindicus Henr. in Blumea. 4: 514. 1941. Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 1:146. 1958; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 189. 1960; Bor in Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 70:527. 1970.

Vern.: Gorkah.

  • Lasiurus ecaudatus Satyan. & Shankar.
  • Saccharum hirsutum Forssk.

    Perennial; culms often woody below, up to 90 cm high, simple or suffruticose, erect from a thick woody rhizome covered with firm, imbricate, often silky cataphylls, these often decaying into stiff parallel fibres. Leaf-blades firm, flat or convolute, up to 30 cm long and 6 mm wide, glaucous. Racemes up to 10 cm long, silky vinous from internodes, pedicels and glumes. Sessile spikelet 6-13 mm long; lower glume lanceolate, often caudate, bidentate at the tip with divergent teeth, often spreading horizontally at maturity. Pedicelled spikelet usually 5-7 mm long, the pedicel free.

    Fl. & Fr. Per.: March-May and September-October.

    Type: Pakistan, Sind, Stocks (L).

    Distribution: Pakistan (Sind, Baluchistan, Punjab, N.W. F. P.); Northwest India westwards to Iraq; tropical Arabia; Egypt: Ethiopia, Somalia and Mali.

    A valuable fodder grass said to be relished by camels, sheep and cattle.


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