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9. Atriplex lasiantha Boiss., Diagn. Pl. Or. Nov. Ser. I (2): 95. 1853; Zohary, l.c. 149. pl. 213; Aellen in Davis, l.c. 308; Hedge, l.c. 76. (Fig.11, D-F1).

Annual up to 100 cm, erect, rigid, whitish, with elongated divaricate branches or whip-like stems, sparsely branched. Leaves up to 30-40 (-70) x 2-5 (-10) mm, the lower and middle ones oblong-deltoid, cuneate, tapering to a petiole, mucronate, irregularly dentate to sub-entire; upper leaves sessile, lanceolate to lanceolate-linear, entire, mealy-canescent. Flowers in clusters and solitary, the formers staminate and pistillate forming long interrupted spike-like or panicled, leafless inflorescences; the solitary ones pistillate, and scattered in the axils of middle and upper leaves. Staminate flowers with membranous yellowish perianth. Valves of axillary, pistillate flowers 3-7 x 2.5-5 mm; rhombic-deltoid to oblong-deltoid, upper half free with one or more lateral teeth, the lower part mostly furnished with tubercles; those of the terminal pistillate flowers considerably smaller; stigmas free. Seed 1 mm in diameter, dark-brown.

Fl. Per.:April-September.

Type: Lebanon. supra Cedros, ann.1846, Boissier (G).

Distribution: Syria, Lebanan, Jordan, Palestine, Turkey to Pakistan.

Differs from A. tatarica L. by its wand-like, sparsely branched stems, longer terminal spikes and lanceolate to linear mostly entire upper leaves.


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