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1. Polycarpaea corymbosa (L.) Lam., Ill. Gen. Encycl. 2:129. 1797. Edgew & Hook. f., in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 1:245.1874; Tackholm, Stud. Fl. Egypt 400. 1956; Turrill, l.c. 8. 1956; Stewart in Pak. J. For. 17 (4); 484.1967 11 Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 249.1972.


  • Achyranthes corymbosa L.

    Robust annual. Stems 10-30 cm, erect to ascending, branching from the base, white woolly at the base. Leaves opposite, or apparently whorled, 10-15 x 0.5-0.75 mm, linear to linear-subulate, 1-nerved, glabrous or nearly so when mature. Stipules c. 3 mm, lanceolate acuminate, ciliate. Flowers in compact, terminal cymes, with corymbose branching. Pedicels as long as or smaller than the sepals, woolly. Sepals 3-3.5 mm, lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous, entirely scarious silvery-white. Petals shorter than the sepals, emarginate. Capsule included in the sepals, dark brown. Valves with a narrow thickened yellow margin. Seeds small subtrigonous, smooth.

    Fl. Per.: February-March.

    Lectotype: Ceylon, Herb. Hermann (BM).

    Distribution: Tropical Asia, Africa, Australia and America.

    Not very common in Pakistan, but apparently undercollected. Found in the Sind and Punjab areas in the plains, usually as a weed, particularly on sandy soil


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