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2b. Acanthophyllum squarrosum var. stocksianum Boiss., Fl. Or. 1:562. 1867. Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 238. 1972.


  • Acanthophyllum stocksianum Boiss.

    Stem, leaves and calyx glabrous. Stem up to 37 mm long. Bracts and pedicels glabrous. Petals mucronate.

    Distribution: (of species) Causcasus, W. Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.

    Usually found in stony and rocky places Var. stocksianum seen to be more localised, occuring only around Quetta area, in Ziarat and Hanna, while var. squarrosum spreads south of Quetta to Mastung and near Kalat. The roots are used as a soap for washing clothes. The last bath to corpses is said to be given with it. The roots are powdered and mixed with flour (Burkill, l.c.).


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