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2. Spinacia turkestanica Iljin in Trudy Bot. Inst. Ahad. Nauk SSSR. ser. 1 (2): 123. 1936; Sorn. rast. SSSR (Weeds USSR) 2: 113. 1934-nom.inval.; Stewart, 1.c. 227; Kom., 1. c. 75, p1. 2. fig. 9; Uotila, l.c.59.

Annual up to 60 cm high, glabrous, simple or slightly branched below very diffusely farinaceous; root slender, radical and lower cauline leaves with very long petioles, runcinate, with a larger triangular-hastate terminal lobe and oblong or linear lateral lobes, usually mucronulate at apex; upper merely triangular-hastate with shorter petioles, uppermost sometimes lanceolate. Inflorescence of male plants a panicle of almost leafless spike; female inflorescence leafy. Staminate flowers 4-merous; stamens strongly exserted. Pistillate flowers in the axils of nearly all leaves except the radical, with horn-like outgrowths, united in fruit into a spiny-corniculate aggregate of mostly 4-6, measuring 10-15 mm in diameter; horns commonly lanceolate, 3-angled, channelled above, mostly (3-) 5-8 mm long, very rarely broader triangular-ovate and to 3-4 mm long (in var. brevispinis Iljin).

Type: C. Asia: Described from Katta-Kurgan, Samarkand, prope Katta-Kurgan; 2.5.1925, Jakimov, Exsicc. Herb. F1. As. Med. No. 230. (LE; iso S).

Distribution: Central and West Asia.

It generally occurs in the foothill areas as a weed; rare in our area.


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