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1. Agathophora alopecuroides (Delile) Fenzl ex Bunge in Mem. Acad. Imp. Sc. Petersb. 7, sér. 4. 11:92. 1862; Hedge, l.c. 355.

Salsola alopecuroides Delile, Flore d’Egypte-explic. planches 56, tab. 21, fig. 1. 1813; Halogeton alopecuroides (Delile) Moq., Chenopod. Monogr. 161. 1840; Anabasis alopecuroides (Delile) Moq., in DC; Prodr. 13, 2: 210.1849; Halogeton alopecuroides var. papillosa Maire in Bull. Soc. Hist. Nat. Afr. Nord. 34: 190. 1943; Agathophora iraqensis Botsch. in Bot. Zhurn. 62: 1451. 1977.

Subshrub 30-40 cm, silvery white-grey. Stem woody, branched, angular, glabrous or densely papillose. Leaves erect-spreading, with apical deciduous bristle, densely woolly at axils. Flowers 3-7, in distant clusters in upper leaf axils. Perianth segments, oblong-ovate, membranous; 3 enlarging as wings in fruit. Stamens with 0.1 mm long appendage. Seeds vertical, compressed.

Type: In Aegypto, circa pyramides Gyzenses, Delile (MPU,P).

Distribution: Same as that of the genus.

The presence of Agathophora in Pakistan is rather surprising. The previous eastern limit never exceeded Kuwait and lower Iraq, and there are no reports of its presence in Iran, Afghanistan and Oman (Hedge, l.c.).


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