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Pakistan | Family List | Rubiaceae | Aitchisonia

Aitchisonia rosea Hemsl. ex Aitch. in J. Linn. Soc. 19: 166. t. 14, f. 1-5. 1882. Parsa, l.c.; Kitam., Fl. Afgh. 365. 1960; R.R. Stewart in Nasir & Ali, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. Pak. & Kashm. 682. 1972.


Stem 25-100 cm, tomentose and with scabrulous recurved hairs. Leaves 1.2-2 x 0.5-0.7 cm, entire, acute, petiole 1-2 mm long; stipules c. 1.5 mm long, recurved. Flowers 15-20 mm long, rose-pink. Calyx limbs ± obsolete, hypanthium c. 1.5 mm. Corolla-tube slender, c. 10-12 mm long, hairy with glandular and simple hairs outside, glabrous inside; lobes 5, c. 1.5 mm long, elliptic, acute. Stamens 5, inserted on the glabrous throat at different levels, included; filaments c. 0.5 mm long; anthers, c. 1.6 mm long. Style included or slightly exserted, c. 15 mm long, stigma bifid, c. 0.5 mm long. Fruit c. 5 mm long.

Fl. Per.: May-September.

Holotype: Kurram Valley, Aitchison 260 (K).

Distribution: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.

A common species of dry mountainous ranges of Baluchistan and North West Frontier Province, ascending upto 2-3000 m on cliffs and in rock crevices.


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