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Fagonia bruguieri DC., Prodr. 1:704. 1824. Boiss., l.c. 905; Edgeworth & Hook. f. in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 1:425. 1874; Burtt & Lewis in Kew Bull. 1954:394. 1954; Hadidi in Candollea 21(1): 21. 1966; in Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 98:7. 1972; in Tackholm, l.c. 303.

Fagonia bruguieri var. bruguieri

Credit: Shaukat

A profusely branched, pale green biennial or perennial shrublet, up to 30 cm tall, covered over by minute unicellular acute hairs or capitate glands. Branches prostrate to erect, distinctly sulcate and 4-angled, internodes up to 4.5 cm long. Basal leaves mostly trifoliolate, upper unifoliolate; leaflets fleshy, ovate-oblong or linear-lanceolate, 4-12 mm long, sharp mucronate; subsessile or with up to 5 mm long petiole; stipular spines recurved, mostly longer than the leaves, 6-12 mm long. Flowers small, c. 8-10 mm across, pale-pink or purplish, shortly pedicellate, pedicel up to 5 mm. Sepals lanceolate-ovate, 2-2.5 mm long, c. 1 mm broad, acute-acuminate, pubescent, persistent. Petals spathulate, 3.5-4 (-6) mm long, obtuse. Stamens with c. 6 mm long filaments. Capsule up to c. 4 mm long, 3-4 mm broad, pubescent.

Distribution: Pakistan westwards to North and tropical Africa in arid and semiarid regions.

1 Internodes 2-4.5 cm long   Fagonia bruguieri var. laxa
+ Internodes less than 2 cm long   (2)
2 (1) All leaves unifoliolate   Fagonia bruguieri var. rechingeri
+ Lower leaves tri, upper unifoliolate   (3)
3 (2) Plant covered with stipitate, minutely capitate glands; leaflets ovate-oblong   Fagonia bruguieri var. bruguieri
+ Plant covered with acute unicellular hairs; leaflets linear-lanceolate   Fagonia bruguieri var. haplotricha

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