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Biebersteinia odora Steph. ex Fisch. in Mem. Soc. Nat. Mosc. 1:89, t. 9. 1806. R. Knuth, l.c. 548; Vvedensky, l.c.; Royle Illustr. Bot. Himal. Mount. 1:153, t. 30.1835; R.R. Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 427.1972.

  • Biebersteinia emodi Jaub. & Spach

    Plant ± suffrutescent, 10-30 cm tall, erect, glandular-pubescent. Rhizome stout, up to 13 cm long, topped by petiolar remains. Leaves cauline (at anthesis), long, pinnatisect; segment pairs 12-18, sessile, 4-20 mm long, pinnatifid or -partite into obtuse lobes. Stipules lanceolate, 2-3-fid or-partite, pubescent-glandular, brown. Flowers in racemes, c. 1.2 cm broad, yellow, orange in the centre; bract leafy, 4-6 mm long, ovate-oblong, margin often irregular; bracteoles 2, shorter, lanceolate-ovate; pedicel up to 2 cm long, glandular-hairy. Sepals unequal, elliptic-oblong, 7-9 mm long, glandular-pubescent. Petals suborbicular-obovate, base narrow, sparsely ciliate and strigose on the inner surface. Filaments 5-6 mm long, vinous. Styles united at the apex; stigma capitate. Nutlets c.3 mm long, rugose, strigose, slightly curved. Seed glabrous.

    Fl.Per.: July-August.

    Type: Described from central Asia.

    A plant with a pleasant spicy odour. It has a superficial resemblance to some Potentillas. Found in dry rocky areas, scree slopes etc. from 4300-5600 m.


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