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Published In: Flora 7: 243. 1824. (Flora) 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: YASIN J. NASIR
General/Distribution: 15-20 species in S.W. & C. Asia to Mediterranean and Australia. Represented in Pakistan by 8 species. It is very difficult to identify the species without fruit.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Species not seen

Rochelia peduncularis Boiss., Dlagn. Pl. Orient. Nov. 1.7:35.1846; Pl. Or. 4:246.1875; M. Popov in Schischkin, Fl. URSS. 19:561.1953; Riedl in Rech., Fl. Iran. 48:91.1967; Kazmi, in J. Arn. Arb. 52:113.1971.

Erect annual 10-30 cm tall. Stem generally branched above, appressed hairy with subpatent hairs. Fruiting racemes secund. Pedicels 2-3 mm in flower, up to 12 mm in fruit, recurved and gradually thickened upwards. Calyx lobes c. 1.5 long, linear, up to 5 mm in fruit, hairy and with a ± prominent midrib. Coro blue, 2-3 mm long. Nutlets 3-4 mm long, tuberculate. Style slightly exceeding nutlets.

Type: S. Persia In humidis alpis kuh Delu, Kotschy 531a (G, isotype W).

I have not seen any authentic specimens from our area. Description based on a Russian specimen (Golosk. 4290). Riedl and Kazmi (l.c. records the species from Chitral and Baluchistan).


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Annual herbs with pubescent to bristly parts. Flowers small, in simple or branched racemes, bracteate. Calyx 5-partite, accrescent in fruit, the base sometimes ± sagittate or auricled. Corolla blue or white; tube cylindrical; throat with scales or not; limb 5-lobed with obtuse spreading lobes. Stamens 5, included; style slender, stigma capitate. Nutlets 2, smooth or minutely tuberculate.

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1.Nutlets distinctly visible between the narrow sepals. Calyx lobes usually ± curved around the fruit, midrib not prominent
2.Nutlets smooth and shiny
Rochelia leiocarpa
2.Nutlets minutely tubercled to papillose
3.Fruiting pedicel 2-3 mm long, not exceeding calyx length
Rochelia disperma
3.Fruiting pedicel 5-8 mm long, exceeding calyx length
4.Calyx lobes much exceeding the nutlet length
Rochelia stylaris
4.Calyx lobes equalling or barely exceeding nutlet length
Rochelia bungei
1.Nutlets not visible or barely so. Fruiting calyx lobes lanceolate to oblong or cordate-auriculate; erect to ± curved, with midrib prominent in fruit
5.Calyx lobes auriculate-cordate at base, completely enclosing the nutlets
Rochelia cardiosepala
5.Calyx lobes truncate or dilated towards base, partially enclosing the nutlets
6.Calyx lobes 7-8 mm long in fruit, erect, dilated towards base. Pedicel not thickened in fruit
Rochelia rectipes
6.Calyx lobes 2-5 mm long in fruit, slightly incurved, base broad. Pedicel gradually thickened upwards
7.Fruiting pedicel up to 7 mm in fruit. Calyx lobes in fruit c. 3 mm long
Rochelia laxa
7.Fruiting pedicel 7-12 mm in fruit. Calyx lobes 4-5 mm long
Rochelia peduncularis
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