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Reseda aucheri Boiss., Diagn. ser. 1. 1:5. 1844. Mueller, l.c. 146; Boiss., Fl. Or. 1:434.1867; Hook.f.& Thoms. in Hook.f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 1:181.1872; Cooke, l.c. 50.

Reseda aucheri

Credit: M.Y. Saleem

A perennial 25-60 mm tall. Stem glabrous to sparsely papillose. Leaves 4-7 cm long, 5-25 mm broad, usually entire, obovate to lanceolate, upper sometimes divided, margin and veins sparsely papillose. Flowers in dense terminal racemes, 8-30 cm long. Posterior petal 8-10 (-15)-partite; lobes linear to spathulate, rarely divided to the base; appendage sub-orbiculate to obovate, margin asperulous. Filaments persistent. Capsule 7-8.5 mm long, contracted and with 3 acute lobes at the apex. Seeds less than 1 mm long, brown to shiny black, rugose to scrobiculate.

Fl.Per.: February-April.

Type: Mesopotamia, Aucher-Eloy 2624(G).

Distribution: Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.

As with the preceding species, it occurs in sandy and hilly regions of Sind and Baluchistan. Specimen No. 927 from Makran has the posterior petal segments cut to the base, which is generally not the case.


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