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Aphragmus oxycarpus (Hook. f. & Thoms.) Jafri in Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edin. 22: 96. 1956.

Aphragmus oxycarpus

Credit: Azmat

  • Aphragmus stewartii Schulz
  • Braya alpine auct. non Sternb. & Hoppe
  • Braya oxycarpa Hook. f. & Thoms.
  • Braya rubicunda Franchet

    Small perennial herb, branched from the base, 2-8 cm tall, suberect or ascending to spreading, often sparsely hairy with simple hairs below and glabrous above. Radical leaves spathulate to oblong, rosulate, 10-25 mm long, 2-5 mm broad, stalked; cauline leaves few to many, distant, oblong-elliptic to oblong-linear, 6-12 mm long, 2-4 mm broad, sessile or subsessile; upper ones usually bearing flowers in their axils; all leaves ± entire, glabrous subfleshy. Racemes 5-12-flowered, lax, bracteate at least below, up to 5 cm long in fruit. Flowers c. 3 mm across, white, pinkish or pale lilac; pedicels (2-) 4-6 mm long in fruit, thin, suberect or ascending. Sepals c. 2 mm long. Petals (3.5-) 4-4.5 mm long, c. 1.5 mm broad. Stamens c. 2-2.5 : 3 mm long; anthers c. 0.5 mm long. Siliculae sublanceolate to elliptic, flattened, subcompressed, (5-) 6-10 (-12) mm long, 1.5-2 mm broad, acute, glabrous; valves 1-veined, flattened; style c. 1 mm long with minute, depressed stigma; septum complete, incomplete or absent, hyaline. not veined; seeds 4-6 in each locule, 2-seriate, c. 1 mm long, ellipsoid, brown.

    Fl. Per.: June July.

    Type: W. Tibet, Piti valley, Thomson (K).

    Distribution: Himalayas, Tibet and N.E. Afghanistan.

    A very variable species in stature, leaves and siliculae.


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