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Pakistan | Family List | Combretaceae | Combretum

Combretum nanum Buch.-Ham. in D.Don, Prodr.Fl.Nep. 219. 1825. DC.,Prodr.3.21. 1828; Clarke in Hook.f., Fl.Brit.Ind.2:457.1879; Parker, For.Fl.Punj.ed.3:242. 1956; R.R. Stewart, Ann.Catal.Vas.Pl.W. Pak. & Kashm. 502.1972.

A decumbent under-shrub, up to 60 cm tall with a stout root stock, glabrous, branches 12-45 cm long. Leaves opposite or alternate, 5-10 x 3-6.5 cm, elliptic ovate or obovate, shining, coriaceous, glabrous, minutly punctate on both sides, lateral nerves 3-4 pairs, petiole 2.5-5 mm long. Inflorescence simple or branched raceme, subterminal, solitary, 2.5-15 cm long peduncle. Flowers 6-7 mm across, white, 4-merous; bracteoles linear-spathulate c. 4-6 mm long, caducuous. Hypanthium 3-7 mm long, sparcely glandular, punctate, limb funnel shaped, c.2.5 mm long, villous inside, lobes 4, triangular, erect. Petals 4, inserted on the margin of the hypanthium, obovate, somewhat retuse. Stamens 8, much exserted. Ovary funnel shaped. Fruit 3.5-4 x 2.5 cm, elliptic pinkish red, with 4 broad papery wings.

Fl.Per: March-April.

Type: Ad pagum Nepaliae Bassarie dictum, Hamilton (K).

Distribution: Eastern Himalayas (India, Sikkim and Nepal). Very rare in Pakistan.


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