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Pakistan | Family List | Capparidaceae | Capparis

Capparis sepiaria Linn., Syst. Nat. ed. 2. 1071. 1759. Sp. Pl., ed. 2. 720. 1762; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind., 1: 177; Cooke, Fl. Pres. Bomb. 1: 48. 1903; 48; Pax & Hoffm., l.c. 176; Jafri, l.c. 201; Jacobs, l.c. 489.

  • Capparis incanescens DC.

    Spreading or climbing, much branched shrub, 3-4 m long, more or less pubeĀ¬scent with ashy grey simple hairs. Leaves elliptic oblong to ovate or suborbicular, 1.5-4 (-6) cm long, 1-2 (-3) cm broad, often retuse, softly pubescent to glabrous; petiole 2-5 mm long, pubescent; stipular spines 2-5 mm, hooked, often brown-black. Flowers usually in corymbose terminal clusters of 10-30, small, 5-10 mm across, white; pedicels 1-2 cm long, not thickened in fruit, pubescent. Sepals 3-6 mm long, 2.5-3.5 mm broad, subequal. Petals oblong-spathulate, 3.5-8 mm long, 2-3 mm broad, more or less hairy at the base. Stamens many, 5-10 mm long. Gynophore 6-10 (-15) mm long, slightly thickened in fruit. Fruit globose, 8-12 mm in diam., crustaceous, dark-brown, smooth, 1-2 seeded; seed about 6 mm.

    Type: India, Koenig? (LINN).

    Distribution: India, Ceylon, E. Pakistan, Malesia, Indochina, China, Australia and tropical Africa.

    Another species doubtfully wild in West Pakistan. It is reported from dry places in Punjab and Sind (in Fl.Brit.Ind.177) but I have not yet come across any plant of this species in Sind or elsewhere in W. Pakistan.


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