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Scabiosa candollei DC., Prodr. 4:644. 1820. R.R. Stewart, l.c. 701.

Scabiosa candollei

Credit: M.Y. Saleem

  • Scabiosa candolliana Wall. ex C. B. Clarke

    An erect perennial, up to 40 cm tall, subglabrous to puberulous Basal leaves lanceolate to more or less spathulate, 3-8(-9) cm long, 2-7 cm broad, puberulous; the leaves often lobed to pinnatipartite, upper smaller and narrower. Flowers in radiant capitate heads, arranged in arrested biparous cymes; heads few-flowered, 0.8-1.2(-1.4) cm broad. Involucral bracts ovate or elliptic-ovate, 2-3.5 mm long, villous; calyx setae brown, in fruit 4.5-6 mm long, usually not exceeding the corolla. Involucel turbinate, 3 mm long, adpressed hairy, upper half with 8 prominent conical pits, c. 1.3 mm long; corona c. 2.5 mm long, with 18-24 pubescent nerves.

    Fl.Per.: April-August.

    Type: “in Emodo Nepaliae ad Kamaon,” Wallich..

    Distribution: Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Himalayas.

    This plant can be recognised by its basal rosette of lanceolate-spathulate leaves; grows in the dry foothill zone and usually found on dry slopes or near field borders. There appears to be a recognizable local form of this species with shorter stems, more compact habit and much divided or lobed leaves.


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