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Graellsia chitralensis O.E. Schulz in Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin. 9: 1085. 1927. in Engl. & Prantl, l.c. 254; Hedge in Rech. f., l.c. 190.

Graellsia chitralensis

Credit: Shaukat & Azmat

Perennial with somewhat woody base, about 20 cm tall in fruits. Basal leaves reniform, long stalked; lamina 10-18 mm in diam., usually with obtuse, 5 broad teeth or subentire; petiole 5-7 cm long; cauline leaves present or absent; when present c. 6 mm long, 3 mm broad, elliptic. Flowers not seen but expected to be like those in Graelllsia saxifragifolia (DC) Boiss. (i.e. c. 5 mm across). Infructescence flexuose, 12-20 (-25)-fruited, ebracteate, up to 15 cm long in fruit. Pedicels 5-15 mm long in fruit, ascending or erect, slightly thickened. Siliculae oblong-elliptic or lanceolate, acute, 5-7 mm long, 1.5-2 mm broad, often somewhat curved or contorted, sub-dehiscent; style c. 0.7 mm long; septum windowed, incomĀ¬plete.

Type: Pakistan: Chitral, Tarashmir (Tirich Mir), c. 5650 m., Harriss (B, DD).

Distribution: Endemic.

Known from the type gathering only. Differs from Graelllsia saxifragifolia (DC) Boiss., by its long, usually simple infructescence, slightly thickened pedicels, narrow and somewhat dehiscent siliculae. Graelllsia saxifragifolia is a very variable species and wide-spread from Iraq, Iran to Afghanistan, and there is every possibility of its occurrence in Pakistan also. With more records, it is possible, that Graelllsia chitralensis may not remain specifically distinct from Graelllsia saxifragifolia.


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