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Published In: The Gardeners Dictionary: eighth edition no. 6. 1768. (Gard. Dict. (ed. 8)) 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)
Flower/Fruit: Fl. Per.: May-September.
Type: Type: Described from Italy, S. Spain and Greece (Hb.Linn. 395/33).
Comment/Acknowledgements: Cultivated in W. Pakistan. Native of Mediterranean area.


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Annual or perennial herb, densely covered throughout with spreading fairly long stiff hairs. Leaves radical, oblong-lanceolate, 3-10 cm long, l-3 cm broad, deeply sinuate-margined to pinnatifid or pinnatisect; terminal lobe piliferous. Scape dichotomously branched in the upper part or nearly at the top, broadly winged, produced at the nodes into 2-3 linear foliaceous appendages. Spikes compact. Spikelets 3-4-flowered. Outer bract narrowly triangular, 6-9 mm long, membranous, subulately acuminate; first inner bract slightly longer and much broader than the outer bract, herbaceous, strongly convex with two ciliate dorsal heads, and produced into 2-3 large, 2-3-toothed appendages; other inner bracts like the outer bract. Calyx funnel-shaped; tube puberulous; limb truncate, violet or yellow; nerves terminating below the margin. Petals pale white.
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