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Pakistan | Family List | Caryophyllaceae | Acanthophyllum

1. Acanthophyllum laxiflorum Boiss., ser. 2(1):82. 1854.


  • Acanthophyllum stewartii (Thorns.) Barkoudah
  • Gypsophila erinacea Boiss.

    Compact caespitose, cushion-like plants, 5-8 cm high, with thick, knotted, branched, woody stocks, covered with remains of old leaves. Leaves 7-10 mm long, narrowly linear, pubescent to ± glabrous, margin ciliate; fasciculate, sessile, apex ending in a yellowish spine. Flowers 8-15, shortly pedicellate or sessile, in globose heads. Bracts spiny. Calyx 5–6 mm, cylindrical, minutely white pubescent, teeth ovate, with hyaline margin, the apex lanceolate, spiny; nerves 5, protruding. Petals pink, fading white, 8-9 mm, oblong, limb retuse at the apex, exserted, claw narrow.

    Fl. Per.: May-July.

    Type: Hab. in regno Cabulica prope Rhuggah, Griffith (G, photo!).

    Distribution: Afghanistan, W. Pakistan.

    Common in the western areas of Pakistan from 1520-1830 m. During the flowering season the dense hummocks are covered with a mass of flowers. The plant grows compactly in the Kurram Agency, but at higher altitudes it forms laxer cushions (Aitchison, op. cit.).


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