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Pakistan | Family List | Asclepiadaceae | Glossonema

Glossonema varians (Stocks) Hook. f. in Fl. Brit. Ind. 4: 16. 1883. Hook. f., l.c. 16; Burkill, Flow. Pl. Baluch. 65.1909; Cooke, l.c. 214; Rech. f., l.c.

Vern.: Munga.


  • Mastostigma varians Stocks

    Plants 8-20 cm tall, branches pubescent. Leaves fleshy, 2.5-7 x 1.8-5 cm, lower rotund ovate, subcordate, obtuse or retuse, upper elliptic acuminate, margin slightly wavy; petiole 6-22 .mm long. Flowers in subsessile umbellate 2-8 flowered cymes, fragrant. Pedicels short. Calyx hairy, divided almost to the base, lobes 3.4 mm long, linear acute. Corolla white or yellow, 6-7 mm long, glabrous, lobes 3-5 mm long, obtuse. Corona lobes c. 2.5 mm long, entire or bifid. Follicles 2.5-5 cm long, ellipsoid, covered with spines and minutely canescent. Seeds 4-6.6 mm long, broadly ovate, acute, flat with papery margin, coma 1.2-1.3 cm long, white.

    Fl. Per.: December.

    Type: ‘Rocky ground in Scinde and Beloochistan’, J.E. Stocks (K).

    Distribution: Pakistan (Sind, Baluchistan), Persia.

    The fruit is eaten raw.


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