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22. Tamarix stricta Boiss., Diagn. Pl. Or. Nov. 2:57. 1856. Fl. Or. 1. l.c. 778; Talbot, 1:14. 1911; Cooke, l.c. 778; Talbot, 1:14. 1911; Cooke, l.c. 76; Schiman-Czeika l.c.; Baum, l.c. 147.


Tamarix stricta

Credit: M. Rafiq

Tree or shrub, 3-5 m tall, glabrous, with brownish grey bark. Leaves closely sheathing (vaginate) with punctate glands, (2-) 3-4 mm long, abruptly ending in a small acute point. Flowers subsessile, pedicel less than 1 mm long. Bract triangular, auriculate, entire, acuminate, shorter than flower. Sepals 5, united at the base, the outer 2 smaller broadly ovate, the inner 3 larger obovate, cuneate, denticulate at the apex only, c. 1.75 mm long, c. 1 mm broad, obtuse. Petals 5, free, elliptic-obovate, sometimes very minutely toothed at the apex, entire, pink to purplish pink, Stamens 10, alternately indistinctly long and short, antisepalous larger, antipetalous shorter, 3-4 mm long, anther c. 1 mm long, oblong, acute. Disc 10 lobed, lobes confluent with the slightly dilated lobes of the filaments i.e. epidiscine. Styles 3, subsessile, ovary 1.5 mm long. Capsule conical, dull white, 5 mm long, 1-1.5 mm broad with persistent petals, many seeded, seeds ovate, shallowly curved, brown to light brown, 0.75-1 mm long, 0.35-0.45 mm broad.

Fl. Per.: February-June.

Holotype: Scinde & Baluchistan, Stocks 274 (G-Boiss.); Iso. (G, K, P, W).

Distribution: Pakistan (Baluchistan) and Southern Iran. Common in the dry river beds of lower altitudes of Baluchistan.


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