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2. Calligonum crinitum Boiss., Diagn. Pl. Or. Nov., Ser. 2. 4: 77. 1859; Fl. Or. 4: 1000. 1879; Rech.f. & Schiman.-Czeika, l.c. 44; R.R.Stewart, l.c. 201; Chaudhary, l.c. (Fig.30, A-B).

Vern.: Phog, Poga Pichungar.

A tall shrub with thin, elongate, stongly zig-zag branches with grey to whitish branches, swollen and knotty at the nodes. Leaves virtually absent. Flowers in loose clusters, white to pink. Perianth segments 5. Fruit 20-27 mm across. Nut elliptic, twisted, attenuate at the apex, 6-8 mm long, 3-5 mm broad, setose, setae usually 8-seriate, 9-12 mm long, dilated at the base, not originating from the defined wings but directly from the quadrangular fruit, subconnate, thin, soft, 2-3 times dichotomously branched above the middle, dark brown or becoming pale.

Fl. Per.: February-April.

Type: Habitat in Baluchistan. Stocks (G).

Grows on sand dunes and dry river beds; Distribution: Pakistan and Afghanistan.


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