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16. Epilobium pseudobscurum Hausskn., Oesterr. Bot. Z. 29: 53. 1879; ("pseudo-obscurum"); Monogr. Epil. 221. 1884; H. LJv., Ic. Gen. Epil. t. 79. 1910; Raven, Bull. Brit. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Bot. 2: 380. 1962; Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 507. 1972.

Peter C. Hoch and Peter H. Raven

Epilobium roseum Schreb. var. anagallidifolium Clarke in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 2: 585. 1879, pro parte, quoad pl. cit.

Ascending clumped perennial herb, arising from fleshy soboles with scattered cataphylls; stems 15-30 cm tall, subglabrous below with dense strigillose lines decurrent from the margins of the petioles, strigillose above increasing onto inflorescence. Leaves oblong-lanceolate, oblong below, 1.5-3.5 x 0.5-0.9 cm, subglabrous with strigillose margins and veins, denticulate, especially above, obtuse below to acute on upper leaves, petioles 2-3 mm long. Inflorescence suberect before anthesis, erect later, sparsely strigillose, few-flowered. Sepals 3-4.5 mm long. Petals 4-5.5 mm long, barely longer than sepals, pale pink to white. Stigma clavate, surrounded by anthers at anthesis. Capsules 5-6 cm long, sparsely pilose, on pedicels 1-1.5 cm long. Seeds 1.1-1.2 x 0.44-0.48 mm, obovoid, foveolate, the chalazal collar virtually absent; coma 4-5 mm long, dingy.

Lectotype: India, Punjab, Spiti, 31 Aug. 1847, Thomson s.n. (K).

Distribution: Western Himalaya from Ladakh to Spiti; also in Sikkim and adjacent Tibet; apparently quite rare. Fl. Per.: ?Jul-Sep. Fr. Per.: ?Jul-Sep.


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