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Published In: Mantissa 98. (Mant.) 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)
Type: Holotype: Linn. Herb. n. 868. (LINN!).
Distribution: Distribution: Russia, W. Asia, Mediterranean region, S. Africa and Pakistan (common in Baluchistan).
Illustration: Althaea ludwigii L. (Illustration)
Map Location: C-5 Waziristan: Musa Bazar, 4800, Duthie 11596 (K); Barwand, 4000', Duthie 15773 (K); D-4 Quetta Dist.: Marget village, near Sore Range, in cult. field, flowers white prostrate, M.Qaiser & A.Ghafoor 4327 (KUH); D-6 Multan Dist.: Multan, Edgeworth s.n. (K); E-4 Kalat Dist.: Chauki Guree, Mangochar Valley, Mastung-Kalat Road, spreading, densely hispid on the calyx and epicalyx, S.M.X. Jafri & Akbar 1835 (KUH); F-3 Makran Dist.: Near Locust Station, Panjgur, prostrate, flowers white. S. Abedin & A. Husain 6619-21 (KUH); 6 miles from Panjgur on way to Nag, 6751-8 (KUH); Kharan Dist.: c. 8 miles before Nag, Panjgur-Nag Road, S. Abedin & A.Husain 6828-38 (KUH); Rest House, Nag, S.Abedin & A.Husain 6845- 46 (KUH); 10 miles from Nag on way to Basima, S. Abedin & A. Husain 6906-7 (KUH); 32 miles from Nag on way to Basima, S. Abedin & A. Husain 6921-4 (KUH); 19 miles before Surab, Basima-Surab Road. S. Abedin & A. Husain (KUH); F-4 Khuzdar Dist.: 3 miles from Basima on way to Surab, S. Abedin & A. Husain 6951-2 (KUH); Between Surab and Khuzdar. S. Abedin & A. Husain 7010.7089, 7126-7 (KUH); Baghabana, 15 miles before Khuzdar, S. Abedin & A.Husain 7147,7167 (KUH); Khuzdar, S. Abedin & A. Husain 7201-2, 7207-11 (KUH); 5 miles before Wad, Khuzdar-Wad Road, S. Abedin & A. Husain 7257-8 (KUH); 18 miles from Wad on way to Bela, S. Abedin & A. Husain 7276 (KUH); G-5 Hyderabad Dist.: Miani Forest, A.R.Beg 46 (K).


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Prostrate to decumbent annual herb, up to 35 cm tall, profusely branched; branches stellate pubescent mixed with few simple hairs. Leaves 7-30 mm long and broad, parted, truncate or shallowly cordate at base, sparsely stellate hairy above, more so below; lobes somewhat obovate to oblong; stipules 3-4 mm long, c. 3 mm broad, ovate; petiole 1-5 cm long, stellate pubescent. Flowers axillary, 1 or 2-3 in fascicles, subsessile; pedicel sometimes slightly enlarging in fruit; epicalyx segments 8-10, 4-5 mm long, connate below, linear or linear-lanceolate, stellate pubescent mixed with tubercled simple hairs. Calyx slightly exceeding the epicalyx, basally connate, enlarged in fruit, somewhat inflated and enclosing, densely stellate pubescent, mixed with simple tubercled hairs, hispid; lobes lanceolate to ovate, acuminate. Corolla up to 1.5 times the length of calyx, white. Staminal tube 2-3 mm long, pubescent. Fruit depressed globose, 4-5 mm across, pubescent; mericarps chartaceous, usually 8-10, 2-2.5 mm across, dorsally 1 mm broad, grooved, with prominent longitudinal nerve, smooth, sharp margined, sides striately wrinkled; torus hairy. Seeds 1 mm across, brown, glabrous.
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