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Herniaria cinerea DC., Fl. Fr. Suppl. 6:375. 1815. Boiss., Fl. Orient. 1:739. 1867; Pax & Hoffmann in Engler & Prantl, Pflanzenfam. ed.2.16c:301. 1931; Clapham, Tutin & Warburg, Fl. Brit. Is. ed. 2: 263. 1963; Brummit & Heywood in Tutin et al, Fl. Europ. 1:152. 1964; Chaudhri, M.N., A Revision of the Paronychiinae, 347. 1968.

Herniaria cinerea

Credit: Asad

  • Herniaria annua Lagasca
  • Herniaria cinerea var. diandra (Bunge) Boiss.
  • Herniaria diandra Bunge
  • Herniaria hirsuta var. cinerea (DC.) Loret et Barrandon
  • Herniaria virescens Salzm. ex DC.

    Annual, yellowish green, prostrate, hairy, spreading herb. Stem and branches with 3-9 mm long internodes, with short spreading hairs. Leaves opposite, sessile, hirsute, blade narrow elliptic to lanceolate or oblanceolate, usually 4-7 mm long (rarely upto 11 mm) and 1.5-2.3 mm wide, acute, margins entire with straight spreading hairs; stipules minute, membranous. Infloresence dense, leaf-opposed, cymose cluster of 6-10 flowers. Flowers green, pentamerous 1.6-2.3 mm long, sessile, perigynous zone and lower part of sepals densely covered, with short uncinate hairs. Sepals 5,free, unequal, 2 outer 1.5-2 mm long, narrow oblong, obtuse, 3 inner short, lanceolate, acute. Petals 5, free, setaceous. Stamens 2, free, opposite the two outer large sepals, anthers oblong. Style minute, bilobed, stigmas 2, divergent. Fruit ovate-ellipsoid, somewhat acute, papillose near the apex. Seed shining black, erect, obovate, testa crustaceous.

    Fl. Per.: March-April.

    Type: Env. Montpellier: Inter Cres and Castelnau, M. Pouzin (holo. G.-DC though without the name of collector or locality).

    Distribution: West Pakistan; Afghanistan; Iran; Soviet Transcaucasia (AzerĀ¬baijan); Iraq; Syria; Turkey; Greece; Cyperus; Palestine; Jordan; Saudi Arabia; Bahrain; Libya; Tunisia; Algeria; Morocco; Canary and Madeira Islands; PorĀ¬tugal; Spain; France; Italy; Sicily; Malta.


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