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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 1014. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Contributor Text: A. RADCLIFFE-SMITH
Flower/Fruit: Fl. & Fr. Per.: (February -) March-July (- September).
Type: Holotype: Described from Italy, Greece, S. Turkey and N. Iraq, Herb. Linn. No. 1155.1 (LINN.)
Distribution: Distribution: From the Cape Verde Is. and Spain eastwards through the Medi-terranean Region and the Middle East to Pakistan and the Pamir-Alai and south to Somalia and Abd-al-Kuri. Common in open stony ground, on sandy plains, In sandy clay soil and as a weed of cultivation; (330-) 1000-1830 m. (1100-6000').
Illustration: Andrachne telephioides L. (Illustration)
Map Location: A-7 Chitral: Reshun, 1957, K. Ogino 614 (KYO); B-6 Chitral: Ojor Valley, 1935, Kerstan 1593 (B); loc. inert., ? 1953, M.A. Siddiqui 26777 (RAW); Drosh to Gahret, 21 Jul. 1956, A.R. Beg 1428 (RAW); Chitral, 1958, Stainton 2196 (BM); Barir, 13 Jul. 1963, M.A. Siddiqi 2223 (RAW); Chitral, 8 Jul. 1968, Y. Nasir 5002 (RAW); Peshawar: plains near Peshawar, 9. Apr. 1908, Sir H.A. Deane 36 (K); Islamia College, Peshawar, Apr. 1937, Mohinder Nath 15826 (RAW); C-5 S. Waziristan: Barwand, 28 Apr. 1895, Harsukh in J.F. Duthie 15640 (K); C-6 Kurram: Kaiwas, Kurram Valley, April 1879, Dr. J.E.T. Aitchson 250 (K); Shalizan, Kurram Valley, 15 May 1879, Dr. J.E.T. Aitchison 274 (K); Parachinar, Kurram Valley, 23.25 Apr. 1957, R.R. Stewart 29002 (RAW); Arawali Fort, Kurram Valley, 22 May 1976, M.A. Siddiqi & Y. Nasir 8173 (RAW); Kohat: ‘ad mit. Mir Khurli dit. Kohat, tr. Indum’, Jul. 1878, J.R. Drummond 881 (K); Thal, 6 Sept. 1956, Sadiq Masih 4 (RAW); Dera Ismail Khan: Tank, Shaur 1611, Williams s.n.; (W); C-7 Sargodha: Dist. Shahpur, Tehsile Khushab, Manzu Pile, 16 Apr. 1864, Kahir in J.R. Drummond s.n. (K 20527); Sakesar, 22 Mar. 1851, A. Fleming 21 (K); 29 Sept. 1950, Abdur Rahman s.n. (RAW); D-4 Quetta-Pishin: near Quetta, 2-10 May 1957, R.R. Stewart 28328 (RAW); Quetta, Koeie 4473 (W); D-5 Zhob: Fort Sandeman, 5 May 1897, Harsukh in J.F. Duthie 20652 (K); Herb. Dehra 20601, p.p. (DD); Loralai: Loralai-Harnai, Lambert 1288 (fide Stewart); Loralai, 27 June 1957, S.M.H. Jafri & Kh. Akbar 2295 (K); 30 May 1969; Sultan-ul-Abedin 3361 (KUH); c. 9.5 km. Loralai - Dera Ghazi Than, 16 Sept. 1970, M. Qaiser 2503 (KUH); ? E-4 Kalat: Urak, 17 Jul. 1957, E. Nasir 28463 (RAW); F-2 Makran: 9 km. Mand - Turbat, 13 Feb. 1969, S.I. Ali, S.A. Farooqi & Sultan-ul-Abedin 997 (KUH); G-2 Makran: Pidarak, 96 km. Pasni - Turbat, 31 Mar. 1971, Sultan-ul-Abedin & Abrar Husain 6506 (KUH); without precise locality Stocks 1105 (K).


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Glabrous, glaucous, prostrate or procumbent rarely erect perennial herb with numerous, often simple densely leafy stems arising from a woody stock. Petioles 0.5-2 (-4) mm. Leaf-blades elliptic-ovate to suborbicular, 2-10 (-12) x 1.5-6 (-8) mm, rounded, obtuse or subacute, entire or almost so, lateral nerves 3 pairs, not always clearly visible. Stipules suborbicular, ovate or lanceolate in outline, 0.5-1 mm long, usually fimbriate at least at the base, subpeltate, white, rarely pink-tinged, usually with a small or large purple blotch at the base. Flowers usually fascicled with 1 ♀ & 2 ♂ flowers per fascicle. Male flowers: pedicels 1 mm long; sepals obovate-rhomboid, 1.3 mm long, yellow-green with a hyaline margin; petals oblanceolate, 1 mm long, white; disc-glands smooth, bibbed; anthers 4-lobed, yellow; pistillode minute. Female flowers;: pedicels 2-3 mm long; sepals obovate, 2 mm long, dark green with a whitish margin, slightly accrescent; petals minute; disc-glands as in ♂ fls.; ovary subglobose, 1 mm diem.; styles bipartite, 0.5 mm long. Fruit depressed-subglobose, 2-4 mm diam., ± smooth, glabrous. Seeds 1.5-2 mm, smooth, dull, pale yellowish-brown.
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