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1. Krascheninnikovia ceratoides (L.) Guldenst. in Nov. Comm. Acad. Petrop. 16: 555. 1772; Aellen, l.c. 313; Stewart, l.c. 225; Hedge, l.c. 88. (Fig. 13, A-E).

Axyris ceratoides L., 979. 1753; Diotis ceratoides (L.) Willd., Sp. Pl. ed. 4: 368. 1805; Eurotia ceratoides (L.) C.A.Mey. in Ledeb., Fl. Alt. 4: 239. 1833; Kom., Fl. URSS 6: 108. pl. 2. fig. 12.1936; Hook.f., l.c. 8; Parker, For. Fl. Punj. 2nd. ed. 414. 1921.

Shrub 30-100 cm tall, hoary with stellate-dendroid hairs. Leaves ovate, oblong, ovate-lanceolate or linear lanceolate, 10-25 x 2.5-10 mm very shortly petiolate, obtuse or acute, entire with slightly revolute margins, 1-nerved. Flowers minute, in axillary clusters, forming spike-like terminal inflorescence. Segments of staminate perianth round-ovate, 4-merous obtuse, stellate-hairy, membranous; stamens 4. Female flower: 2-bracteolate. bracteoles conduplicate, united below, fruiting bracteoles united, covered on the spreading tips with stellate hairs, elsewhere with long simple, white or finally rufescent hairs, these surpassing the tips. Ovary hairy. Fruit obovoid, apparently 4-angled and 2-horned, c. 3 mm long, hidden in false fruit (bracteoles), covered with simple appressed hairs and scattered stellate ones.

Fl. Per.: June - September.

Type: “Tataria, Moravia,” Herb. Linn. 1101/1 & 2 (LINN).

Distribution: C. & S. Europe, N.Africa & Asia.

A highly variable species which has been divided into a number of infraspecifc taxa (see A. Lozina-Lozinskaja in Izv. Akad.Nauk SSSR 7: 977.1930).


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