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30. Halocharis Moq. in DC., Prodr. 13(2): 201. 1849; (p.p.) Boiss., Fl. Or. 4: 974. 1879; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 5: 19. 1886; Kom., Fl. URSS 6: 327. 1936; Hedge in Rech.f., Fl. Iran. 172: 330. 1997.

Annuals or low subshrubs, usually profusely hairy with mostly whorled branches. Leaves alternate, sessile, filiform, linear or ovate-triangular, usually terminating in divergent articulated bristles. Flowers perfect, axillary, with a pair of lateral bracteoles; perianth (4-) 5-merous, with a tuft of long hairs at base, the free segments unchanged in fruit; stamens with long filaments and oblong appendiculate anthers; style with 2 filiform stigmas. Fruit included, ovoid or orbicular, vertical, compressed, membranous, rugulose; seed exalbuminous with spiral embryo.

15 C & SW Asian species; represented by 4 species in Pakistan.

Shape of appendages and colour should be carefully examined and noted at the time of collection; this is a very important taxonomic character which cannot be properly described from dried specimens.

1 Staminal vesicles stipitate; stipe 0.6 mm long; vesicle pink to violet.   4 H. clavata
+ Staminal vesicles sessile, or with an indistinct stipe of up to 0.1 mm; vesicle white, purplish to yellow.   (2)
2 (1) Staminal vesicles triangular, distinctly acute, pale yellow.   1 H. hispida
+ Staminal vesicles oblong, obovate or elliptic to spherical, rose-purple or yellow.   (3)
3 (2) Staminal vesicles yellow, oblong-elliptic to ± spherical.   3 H. sulphurea
+ Staminal vesicles pink to violet, ± spherical to obovoid.   2 H. violacea

Lower Taxa


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