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Pakistan | Family List | Aizoaceae | Gisekia

Gisekia pharnaceoides Linn., Mant. 2 :562. 1771. C.B. Clarke l.c. 664; Bamber, P1.Punj.542.1916; Kashyap, l.c.; Jafri, l.c.

Gisekia pharnaceoides

Credit: M.Y. Saleem

  • Gisekia molluginoides Wight

    Plants 2.5-3.0 cm long. Roots slender. Leaves 0.8-4.0 cm long, linear lanceolate to spathulate, with raphides on the undersurface. Sepals ovate, c. 1.8 mm long, persistent, margin white. Stamens 5, alternating with the sepals, less than 1 mm long; filaments dilated at the base. Carpel c. 1 mm long; ovary sub-globose, styles 5, free, lateral. Fruit parts with wall more or less fimbriate and with raphides. Seeds c. 1 mm long, minutely punctate, shiny.

    Fl. Per.: Aug.-Oct.

    Type: E. India, cult. at Uppsala (LINN.).

    Distribution: Africa, Arabia, India, Ceylon, Afghanistan and W. Pakistan.

    A plant of dry sandy places. Very variable in form and size; plants found near water or cultivated places are larger and the flowers have longer pedicels, the filaments are with a broader base. The plant is medicinal and used as a purgative.


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