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Leptadenia pyrotechnica (Forssk.) Decne. in Ann. Sci. Nat. Ser. 2. 9:269. 1839. Boiss., Fl. Or. 4:63.1879; Bullock in Hutch., Dalziel & Hepper, Fl. W. Trop. Afr. ed. 2.2:98. 1963; Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 73: 16.1970.

Vern.: Khip, Kip.


  • Cynanchum pyrotechnicum Forssk.
  • Leptadenia spartium Wight

    Erect, much branched generally leafless shrub, generally 0.6-2.5 m tall. Branches erect, slender, green, spinescent. Leaves (when present), 2.5-6 x 2.5-3 mm, linear to linear-lanceolate, subsessile, glabrous, acute. Flowers in small umbellate cymes. Peduncle 2.5-8 mm long, pedicel c. 2.5 mm long, pubescent. Calyx c. 1.5 mm long, lobes as long as the tube, pubescent. Corolla 3-3.5 mm long, deeply divided, funnel-shaped, glabrous below, lobes pubescent within and without. Follicles 7.5-11.5 cm x 6-7 mm, lanceolate, terete, and glabrous. Seeds c. 8 mm long, coma 2.5-3.8 cm long.

    Fl.Per.: December-January.

    Type: Described from Egypt.

    Distribution: Pakistan, India, Iran, Arabia, Egypt, Sudan, Somalia, Chad, Libya and Algeria.

    This species is medicinally important and is also used for its fibres.


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