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Spirorrhynchus sabulosus Kar. & Kir. in Bull.Soc. Nat.Mosc. 15:159. 1842. Boiss., l.c. 385; Schulz in Engl.& Prantl, l.c. 470; Vas. in Kom., l.c. 241; Hedge in Rech.f., l.c. 125.

Vern.: Hustirkah.

Spirorrhynchus sabulosus

Credit: Azmat

  • Anguillicarpus bulleri Burkill
  • Spirorrhynchus bulleri (Burkill) O.E. Schulz

    Annual, 20-30 cm tall, much branched, erect, glabrous. Lower leaves 30-40 mm long, c. 5 mm broad, sinuate- dentate to entire; upper leaves linear, entire, 10-25 mm long, 1.5-2.5 mm broad. Racemes 10-15-flowered, lax, up to 15 cm long in fruit. Flowers c. 5 mm across, yellowish-white to dirty lilac; pedicel 3-5 (-10) mm long, increasing up to 20 mm in fruit, often deflexed. Sepals c. 3 mm long, 1 mm broad. Petals 6-8 mm long, 1 mm broad. Stamens c. 3:4 mm long. Fruits spindle-shaped, ellipsoid; seed-bearing portion c. 8 mm long, 2 mm broad; apical beak-like elongated portion up to thrice as long as the seed-bearing body, straight to variously curved; basal or lower stalk-like portion up to as long as the body; seed c. 4 mm long, 1 mm broad, oblong-ellipsoid, brown.

    F1.Per.: April-May.

    Type: Soongaria, Karelin & Kirilou 1262 (LE, K).

    Distribution: Turcomania, Iran and Pakistan. Vern.: Hustirkah.

    A good fodder for camels and sheep.

    Very variable in leaf and fruit characters. Sometimes the apical beak-like portion remains very short, looking like a small finger; this was named Anguillicarpus bulleri, by Burkill, which is nothing but a form of this species.


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