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Zygophyllum atriplicoides Fisch. & Mey., Ind. Hort. Petrol). 1:41. 1835. Boriss. in Komarov, Fl. URSS 14:191. 1949; Patzak in Rech. f. & Koeie, Symb. Afghan. 13(4):16. 1963; Hadidi in Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 98:24. 1972.

  • Zygophyllum atriplicoides ssp. typicum M. Pop.

    An erect shrub, c. 1-1.2 m tall. Stem and branches whitish-grey. Leaves simple, flat, oblong to obovate-spathulate, (1-) 1.5-3 cm long, (4-) 6-12 mm broad, attenuate to short petiole, stellate hairy, apex obtuse; stipules ovate. Flowers pentamerous, creamy white, c. 1 cm across; pedicels filiform, c. 1 cm long. Sepals 5, obovate, 5-6 mm long, c. 5 mm broad, obtuse, with broad membranous margins. Petals 5, obovate, 8-12 mm long, c. 9-10 mm broad, obtuse. Stamens 10, exserted, filaments longer than petals, scales oblong, lacerate. Carpels 5; ovary as long as staminal scales, 5-angled, 5-loculed; style persistent. Capsule oblong-cylindric, 1.5-2(-2.5) cm long, 1.5-2.5 cm across, 5-winged, 5-loculed, each locule 1 or 2-seeded, retuse at the base and apex. Seeds brown, 6-7 mm long.

    Type: USSR “Habitat in collibus salsis Armeniae”(LE).

    Distribution: Iran, Afghanistan, Russia (Armenia, Turcomania, Caucasus) and Pakistan.

    I have not seen any authentic specimen of this species from our area and R.R. Stewart 28172 cited under this species by Hadidi in Rech. f. (l.c.:) does not belong here because of the absence of pentamerous flowers and 5-winged capsule. This specimen belongs to Zygophyllum eurypterum Boiss & Buhse. However, there is every possibility of its occurence in our area.


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