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1. Caralluma edulis (Edgew.) Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 4:76. 1883.

Vern.: Pippa; Pippu; Chaunga.


Caralluma edulis

Credit: Surayya Khatoon

  • Boucerosia edulis Edgew.
  • Boucerosia stocksiana Boiss.

    Erect succulent herb, 15-45 cm tall, branches subterete, 4-grooved. Leaves (when present) 6-13 mm long, linear, acute. Flowers in pairs in axils of scale-likes bracts. Pedicels 3.5-13 mm long. Sepals 5, c. 2.5 mm, glabrous, ovate, acute. Corolla campanulate, purple inside, c. 6-7 mm long, lobes ovate-lanceolate, acute; outer corona 5-lobed, each lobe with 2 teeth; lobes of inner corona c. 1 mm long, linear. Pollinium 1 in each anther cell. Follicles 8.5-11 cm long.

    Fl.Per.: September.

    Lectotype: Mooltan (Multan), August 1852, M.P. Edgeworth (K).

    Distribution: India (Punjab); Pakistan (Sind, Punjab, Baluchistan).

    The plant is eaten as vegetable.


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