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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 122. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Synonym Text: C.ruthenica M.Bieb., Fl. Taur.-Cauc. 3: 112. 1819; C. polygama Bunge ex Boiss., Fl.Or. 6: 921. 1879; Litv. in Trav. Mus. Bot. Acad. St. Petersb. 2: 96. 1905; Kom., l.c. 118. pl. 5, fig. 3; Ball in Tutin et al., l.c. 98; C. monspeliaca L. subsp. lessingii (Litv.) Aellen in Davis, Fl. Turk. 2: 314. 1967; Notes Roy.Bot. Gard. Edinb. 28: 31. 1967.
Flower/Fruit: Fl. Per.: June-August.
Type: Type.: “In Hispaniae, Narbonae, Tatariae arenosis”, (?Herb. Burser xxv: 55-UPS-microfiche!).
Distribution: Distribution: E.Europe, C.Asia, Mongolia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Eaten by livestock and sometimes used medicinally.
Map Location: C-6 Mianwali: Musakhel (south of Kalabagh on the Indus) along the salt range via Vaccha and Choia to Gujrat, 17 Feb. to 5 March 1857, Herb. Schlagintweit s.n. (BM); D-4 Baluchistan, Popalzai, Chaman Road, 17.6.1975, coll. ignot C8 (RAW); Populzai Forest, J.H.Lace 4090 (E); on way to Chaman, 5900’ common, 24.8.1969, Nasir & Zaffar, 5771 (RAW); near old Chaman, prostrate, profuse, 7.5.1985 A.Ghafoor & R.Yusuf 1437 (KUH); 41 miles from Quetta on Chaman Rd., 10.9.1970. S.A.Faruqi & M.Qaiser 2335 (KUH); Lorha Nadi, Quetta, J.Sinclair 2795 (E); Baluchistan, J.H.Lace 3951 (E).


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Stout shrub, caespitose 15-60 cm high, woody stem 4-10 mm in diameter, branches usually with clusters of leaves, annual shoots arising from the base, simple or somtimes branched at the ends, whitish with short crisp tangled or long hairs. Leaves linear-subulate, 2-10 (-14) x 5-1 (-1.5) mm, often densely hairy, with clusters of reduced branchlets in the axils. Flowers perfect or female, axillary, in compact spiciform inflorescences; the subtending bracteoles as long as or exceeding the flowers; perianth 2-2.5 mm long, round-oval, densely hirsute-hairy, teeth 4, subequal, straight, half as long as the tube. Seed round, blackish-brown, flat, c. 1.5-2.0 mm diam., diffusely glandular.
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