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Commicarpus boissieri (Heimerl) Cufod., Bull. Jard. Bot. Bruxelles. 23:79. 1953. Meikle in W.J. Hooker, l.c. Pl. ser. 5, t. 3694, 7: 34. 1971.

  • Boerhavia boissieri Heimerl apud Vierhapper
  • Boerhavia plumbaginea var. viscosa Boiss.
  • Boerhavia verticillata auct. non Poir.: Hook. f.
  • Commicarpus stellatus sensu F.G. Bhopal & M. N. Choudhri

    A decumbent to straggling perennial. Stein and branches glabrous. Leaves ovate, subcordate to suborbiculate, 2-6 x 1-6 cm, obtuse, retuse or cuspidate, often repand or sinuate, fleshy; petiole 0.7-2 cm long. Flowers 3-5 per node, c. 6.5 mm long, in superposed umbels, campanulate. Involucral bracts 2-3 mm long, linear-lanceolate, puberulous, deciduous. Pedicel 0.5-1.2 cm long, slender. Perianth pink, violet or white, 2.5-4 mm long, lower part 1.5 mm long, raphides present. Stamens (2-)3, sub-exserted; filament 5-5.5 mm long, slender. Ovary less than 1 mm long, subglobose to ovoid; style as long as or longer than the filaments; stigma capitate. Anthocarp 5-7 mm long, turbinate, nodding, with a ring of large wart-like glands around the apex.

    Fl. per.: Sept.-Oct. but earlier in the southern areas.

    Type: Baluchistan: Chuttok, S. Kalat, 1350 m, Stocks s.n. (K).

    Distribution: Pakistan, India and S. Iran.

    An undershrub found in the plains and sandy areas up to 700 m. Closely related to Commicarpus verticillatus (Poir.) Standl. (syn. Boerhavia verticillata Poir.), from which it differs according to Heimerl (l.c.347) in the “flowers 5-7 mm long in verticils of 4-7; stamens rarely more than 3”.


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