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19. Halerpestes Greene, Pittonia. 4:207. 1899-1901. Ovezinnikov in Komarov, Fl. URSS. 7: 329-331. 1937.


Naturhistorisches Museum, Botanische Abteilung, Wien, Austria.


National Herbarium, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Halerpestes salsuginosa

Small perennials with basal leaf ros ettes producing 1-3-flowered scapes and long, slender creeping shoots which reproduce vegetatively. Flowers yellow. Sepals 5. Petals 5-12, about the same length as the sepals or longer. Stamens numerous. Carpels numerous, forming 1-seeded, achenes with a short straight or recurved beak and longitudinal veins.

A small genus of about 6 species, which was previously included in Ranunculus, but seems to be closely related to Oxygraphis or the American genus Cyrtorhyncha. Most or all the species seem to be halophilic and prefer more or less muddy ground. They are widely distributed in Northern, Central and E. Asia and in the extratropical parts of the Americas.

Represented in Pakistan by 1-2 species.

1 Carpels arranged in an oblong head, each with a very short, straight or slightly recurved beak, 1.3-1.6 mm long at maturity. Leaves nearly as wide as long or sometimes even wider   1 Halerpestes salsuginosa
+ Carpels arranged in a globose head, each with a longer, hooked, abruptly tapering beak, 1.6-1.8 (-2) mm long at maturity. Leaves generally longer than wide, oblong to narrowly oblong   2 Halerpestes lancifolius

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