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Christolea himalayensis (Camb.) Jafri in Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edin. 22: 53, fig. 1, F. 1955.

Christolea himalayensis

Credit: Shaukat & Azmat

  • Cheiranthus himalayensis Camb.
  • Cheiranthus hirnalaicus Hook. f.& Thoms.
  • Ermania himalayensis (Camb.) O.E. Schulz
  • Oreoblastus himalayensis (Camb.) Suslova

    Perennial, 5-15 cm long, spreading or suberect herb, usually pilose with simple or branched white hairs. Radical leaves rosulate, spathulate-obovate, 10-15 mm long, 5-10 mm broad, bluntly 3(-5)-toothed above; cauline leaves spathulate to linear, small, uppermost acting as bracts; all leaves subfleshy, pilose. Racemes 12-25-flowered, bracteate (at least below), up to 10 cm long in fruit. Flowers 5-6 mm across, lilac; pedicels up to 10 mm long in fruit, ascending, often unilateral, pilose. Sepals c. 3 mm long. Petals twice as long as the sepals. Stamens c. 2.5: 3.5 mm long; anthers c. 1 mm long. Siliquae linear-oblong, 20-30 (-35) mm long, 2-3 mm broad, compressed, usually pilose; valves with a distinct mid-vein; stigma sessile or subsessile, sub-bilobed; septum complete; seeds many, c. 1 mm long.

    Fl. Per.: June-July.

    Type: N.W. Himalaya, Kunawar, Jacquemont (P, K).

    Distribution: W. Tibet, Kashmir, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    A very variable species, showing pilose to almost glabrous habit, exactly the same trend as we find in Christolea crassifolia Camb. Except for slightly broader fruits and narrower fruits respectively C. stewartii (T. And.) Jafri and C. linearis Busch are not different from this species.


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