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Pakistan | Family List | Ranunculaceae | Nigella

1. Nigella damascena L., Sp. Pl. 534. 1753. Boiss. Fl.Or. 1:68.1867, Stewart, Ann. Catalogue Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 268.1972, Qureshi & Chaudhri in Pak. Syst. 4(1-2):33.1988.

English name: ‘Love in the mist’


Naturhistorisches Museum, Botanische Abteilung, Wien, Austria.


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

Slender annual, 15-50 cm high, glabrous. Stem erect simple or with a few branches, striate. Leaf segments of lowermost leaves narrowly linear to filiform, sometimes slightly wider than the rest. Involucre dense. Sepals blue, broadly ovate, abruptly tapering into a distinct stipe. Petals with a distinct stipe, lobes of the outer (lower) lips obtuse. Follicles coherent for their full length, forming an inflated subglobose capsule. Seeds triquetrous, reticulate-rugose.

Fl. Per.: May-June.

Type: Described from Southern Europe (Lecto. LINN 700/1).

C-7 Rawalpindi, M.Z. Ahmad 13 (RAW).

Distribution: Southern Europe, Cyprus, S.W. Africa, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran.

According to Stewart, (l.c.) a common garden annual in Pakistan. Cultivated for ornamental purposes.


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