4. Asperula karataviensis Pavl. in Vest. Akad. Nauk. Kazzask. SSR No. 4(73): 95. 1951. Pobed. in Schischkin, Fl. URSS. 23: 275. 1958.
S. NAZIMUDDIN AND M. QAISER
Creeping perennial herb. Stem quadrangular. Leaves 6-8 in a whorl, (20-) 35-40 (-50) x 3(-5)-6 (-8) mm, oblanceolate, lanceolate or oblong-elliptic, apex acute or mucronate, base attenuate, margin scabrid. Bracts 4-6 in a whorl and paired, much smaller than vegetative leaves, bracteoles oblong-elliptic, 1.25 x 0.25 mm, sometimes not present in every flower. Inflorescence axillary, paniculate, di-trichotomously branched, branching horizontal, glabrous. Flowers bluish or pale violet. Corolla funnel-shaped, c. 1.75 mm long, tube almost equalling the limb, lobes elliptic, acute, bent inwardly. Filaments 2-3 times longer than elliptical anthem, inserted at the mouth of corolla-tube. Style bifid, as long as corolla tube or slightly exserted; stigma mostly exserted, bibbed, capitate or globose. Mericarps globose, c. 2 mm in diameter, rough granulate.
Fl. Per.: July-August.
Type: Described from USSR, Karatau (AA).
Distribution: Central Asia, Pamir-Alai to Pakistan.
A new record from Pakistan.