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Pakistan | Family List | Caryophyllaceae | Acanthophyllum

5. Acanthophyllum grandiflorum Stocks ex Boiss., Fl. Or. 1:561. 1867. Gilli, in Fedde Reppert.59.166; Burkill, Work List. Fl. Pl. Baluch. 14: 1908; Mizushima in Kitam., Fl. Afghan., 109. 1960; stewart, Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kash., l.c.

Vern.: Girpith (Baluchi).


  • Acanthophyllum fissicalyx Rech. f.
  • Acanthophyllum macrodon Edgew.

    Caespitose tufted spiny perennial with a woody stock. Stems woody cm, pubescent, decumbent, branched, the lower portion covered with old leaves. Leaves 7-10 mm, subulate, acerose, densely white pubescent, grey-green in colour, sessile, apex spiny, flat above, slightly convex. Fascicles of young leaves sometimes present in the leaf axils. Flowers sessile, terminal, solitary. Bracts ovate, mucronate, with a hyaline margin, ciliate, adpressed to calyx. Calyx 11-12 mm, yellow cylindrical, minutely pubescent, teeth 5-6 mm, lanceolate, mucronate, stiff, recurved, with a narrow hyaline margin, nerves obscure. Petals rase - coloured, 20 mm, limb narrow oblong, exserted from the calyx, rounded at apex, entire Capsule and seeds not seen.

    Fl. Per.: June-July.

    Type: Hab. in montibus Belutschiae prope Quetta, Stocks (G, photo!).

    Distribution: Afghanistan, Pakistan.

    A beautiful spiny plant with reddish flowers, found in Quetta, Maslakh Ziarat and Waziristan (Blatter & Fernandez op. cit.) areas at c. 1520 m. In vegetative characters it resembles A. laxiflorum but can be distinguished by its solitary flowers.


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