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27. Anabasis Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 223. 1753; Gen. Pl. ed. 5: 104. 1754; Boiss., Fl. Or. 4: 968. 1879; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 5: 18. 1866; Hedge in Rech.f., Fl. Iran. 172: 305. 1997.

Perennial herbs or shrubs, succulent, with articulated stems and opposite, often reduced scale-like leaves. Flowers 2-sexual, usually solitary, axillary, sub-tended by 2, pubescent, short bracteoles, arranged in lateral and terminal spikes; perianth segments 5, free to base, usually at least 3 of them developing into wings in fruit; stamens 5, alternating with the 5 staminodal lobes; anthers not appendiculate or only minutely apiculate; stigmas 2, short, obtuse on very short or obscure style. Utricle membranous, sometimes berry-like, included in the winged perianth; seeds vertical, compressed, lenticular, exalbuminous with membranous testa and spiral embryo.

About 25 species in Irano-Turanian and Saharo-Arabian region; 3 species are in Pakistan. Probably under-collected in the area except A. setifera.

1 Leaves well-developed, with an apical often deciduous mucro or bristle.   2 A. setifera
+ Leaves reduced or very minute, scale-like.   (2)
2 (1) Internodes on current year’s shoots 15-20 mm.   1 A. haussknechtii
+ Internodes on current year’s shoots no more tham 7 mm, short lateral buds usually present at nodes.   3 A. lachnantha

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