SHAHINA A. GHAZANFAR & YASIN J. NASIR
Saponaria barbata Barkoudah
Perennial herb, 11-22 cm tall. Stems with divaricate branching, pubescent with gladular hairs below, ± glabrous above. Leaves only radical, few, 36-12 x 10-15 mm, spathulate, base attenuate, apex obtuse, glabrous. Inflorescence spreading, flower terminal, solitary. Bracts minute, ciliate. Pedicel 7-10 mm, slender, purplish-green, glabrous. Calyx 3.4 mm, cylindric-campanulate, minutely pubescent, membranous and splitting in fruit; teeth obtuse with a hyaline margin, ± with short cilia, ± glandular. Petals c. 3.5 mm, whitish-pink; limb entire, exserted beyond calyx, claw long. Carpopliore absent. Capsule 3-3.5 mm, ovoid. Seeds brown, c. 1 mm, finely tuberculate, with a beak near the hilum.
Fl. Per.: May June.
Type: Masqat, Oman , Aucher-Eloy 4263 (G-Boiss.; Fl).
Distribution: Mascat, Makran (Baluchistan).
Found in dry sandy areas from 150-200 m.
Barkoudah (op. cit) described this under Saponaria, but the present author feels it is better retained in Gypsophila. It is more similar to other species Gypsophila in Pakistan than species of Saponarla, the small flower, often campanulate calyx, and the prominent radicle in the seed are different from the two native species of Saponaria in Pakistan.