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Smelowskia calycina (Steph. ex Willd.) C.A. Mey. in Ledeb., Fl. Alt. 3: 170. 1831. Schulz in Engl. & Prantl, l.c. 655; Busch in Kom., I. c. 90; Drury & Rollins l.c. 97; Jafri l.c. 117; Hedge in Rech. f., l.c. 341.

Smelowskia calycina

Credit: Azmat

  • Chrysanthemopsis koelzii Rech. f.
  • Hutchinsia calycina (Steph. ex Willd.) Desv.
  • Hutchinsia pectinata Bunge
  • Lepidium calycinum Steph. ex Willd.
  • Smelowskia koelzii (Rech. f.) Rech. f.

    Perennial caespitose, (5-) 10-20 (-30) cm tall, erect to ascending or sub-spreading, densely pubescent with simple and branched hairs except the siliculae. Radical leaves densely rosulate, pinnatisect, 30-60 mm long, 5-12 mm broad, stalked; lobes short, narrowly oblong or linear; upper leaves distant, ± similar but smaller, shortly stalked to subsessile. Racemes 15-30-flowered, often bracteate below, lax and up to 10 (-15) cm long in fruit. Flowers c. 5 mm across, pale yellowish or whitish; pedicels 5-8 mm long in fruit, filiform, rigid, ascending to almost erect. Sepals 3-3.5 mm long. Petals 5-6 (-6.5) mm long, 3 mm broad. Stamens c. 2.5: 3.5 mm long; anthers c. 0.7 mm long. Fruits 6-8 mm long, 1.5-2 mm broad, ellipsoid, subterete, glabrous; valves convex, with a distinct mid-rib; style 0.5-1 mm long with depressed, subretuse stigma; septum obscurely 1-veined; seeds 4-5 in each locule, c. 1.5 mm long, ellipsoid-oblong.

    Fl. Per.: June-July.

    Type: Altai, Kolywani ruts., Stephan (B).

    Distribution: C. & N. Asia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Alaska.

    A variable species, seems to be confined to Chitral in our area. The flower colour varies from pale yellow to whitish and should he carefully noted in future


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