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15. Silene joerstadii Wendelbo in Nytt. Mag. Bot. 1:28. 1952. E. Nasir in Biologia 5:68. 1959; Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 251. 1972.


Perennial plant with a woody stock. Stems erect, simple, up to 30 cm tall, leafy, pubescent, intermixed with glandular hairs. Leaves 15-100 x 5-12 mm, lanceolate to linear-oblong, the basal usually forming a rosette, with an attenuate base, the cauline leaves few, sessile and reducing in size upwards. Bracts similar to aniline leaves. Flowers 3-5 in a dichasium, rarely solitary. Pedicels densely hairy, mixed with glandular hairs. Calyx 16-17 mm, campanulate, inflated and mepbranous in fruit, glandular-pubescent; teeth ovate, acuminate; nerves purple-green. Petal greenish-white; limb c. 9 mm, bibbed, lobes ± obtuse, each toothed on the margin, claw c. 10 mm, auriculate; glandular- pubescent outside. Coronal scales oblong. Carpophore c. 6 mm, glabrous. Style hairy. Capsule 7-8 mm, subglobose partially exserted from the calyx. Seeds c. 1 mm long, reniform, minutely papillose (papillae acutish), dark brown.

Fl. Per.: May-June.

Holotype: Chitral: Barum Gol, Shokor Shal, in crevices of sun exposed rocks, c. 3500 m, 15th July, 1950, Per Wendelbo (0).

Distribution: N. Pakistan.

Found on rocky hillsides, from 1900-2200 in. Barely differing front S. citrina Boiss. in each lobe of petal limb being toothed; perhaps only a variety of it.


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