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8a. Pseudomertensia moltkioides var. moltkioides


  • Anchusa moltkioides Royle ex Benth.
  • Lithospermum moltkioides (Royle ex Benth.) Decne.
  • Mertensia nuristanica Rech. f.
  • Mertensia tibetica C.B. Clarke
  • Myosotis moltkioides Royle ex Benth.

    Fl. Per.: July-August.

    Type: Pir Panjal, Royle (UV).

    Distribution: Pakistan, Kashmir.

    Usually the type variety can be recognised by the long corolla tube (3-5 times length of calyx) and the anther-tips which are at level with or slightly below throat scales. In all the specimens studied I have noticed that 3 stamens are attached slightly higher than the other 2, except in F. Schmid 413, E. Nasir & G.L. Webster 6241 and Soofi & Humphrey 7598. The last 2 specimens also bear some resemblance to Pseudomertensia chitralensis (see under notes to that species) and are tentatively here. This (stamen arrangement) recalls to mind Arnebia, but not markedly so, as in that genus. The anthers tips are ± at the scale base level (at least 3 out of 5 stamens). The specimens marked with an asterisks(*) have throat scales which are either longer than broad or ± equal in either dimension. In throat scale size they approach Pseudomertensia chitralensis, but the scales are not dilated towards base. It is possible that these plants represent intermediate forms. Variable too is the. petiole and corolla length. Typically the basal leaves are long petiolate, but specimens with short petioles occur frequently. The corolla tube may lengthen with age but can still be distinguished from Pseudomertensia moltkiodies var. primuloides in the narrower corolla tube and anther tips which do not surpase the throat scales.


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