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Sphaerocoma aucheri Boiss., Fl. Orient. 1:739. 1867. Pax & Hoffmann in Engler & Prantl, Pflanzenfam. ed.2.16c:298. 1931; Tackholm & Drar, Stud. Fl. Egypt, 405. 1956 (under Caryophyllaceae); Chaudhri, M.N., A Revision of the Paronychiinae, 33.1968.

Sphaerocoma aucheri

Credit: Asad

Much branched, suffrutescent undershrub, 45-60 cm tall. Stem and branches ash grey, twisted and knotted at the nodes, young branches somewhat less minutely pubescent. Leaves 5-10 mm long, blade linear-oblong to semicy¬lindrical, obtuse, mucronate, glabrous; stipules minute, interpetiolar, scarious with ciliate margins. Inflorescence pedunculate densely crowded cymose head. Flowers pentamerous, bisexual, yellowish green; bracteate, bracts similar to and half the size of sepals. Sepals basally somewhat connate, lobes free, unequal, 3-4 mm long, 2-2.5 mm wide, ovate-oblong, margins fimbriate membranous, apex sharp pointed mucronate, recurved. Petals 2.5-3 mm long, 1-1.5 mm wide, oblong, slightly broader at the apex, dirty white. Stamens inserted on rim of re¬ceptacle, alternate with petals, filaments dilated and united at the base to form a ring, subperigynous, anthers dorsifixed. Ovary stipitate, free, globose, unilocular, 2-ovuled, ovules amphitropous, placentation free central. Fruit 1 seeded, mem¬branous indehiscent utricle enclosed by persistent calyx, ovoid-subglobose. Embryo curved, radicle inferior.

Fl. Per.: August-February.

Type: S. Iran: (Persian Gulf): Qeshm (Kischm) Island: Aucher-Eloy 4520 (holo. G, Iso. FI).

Distribution: West Pakistan, Southern Iran and South Eastern Arabia.


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