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Pakistan | Family List | Asclepiadaceae | Cynanchum

3. Cynanchum acutum Linn., Sp. Pl. 212. 1753. Boiss., Fl. Or. 4:60. 1879; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 4:24.1883; Pobed. in Komarov, Fl. USSR. 18:715. 1967; Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 73: 8.1970; Ali in Ali & Jafri, Fl. Libya 9:10. 1977.


Perennial twining plant, branches slightly pubescnt when young, becoming glabrous. Leaf 2-15 x 1.5-10 cm, auriculate to cordate, lobes rounded, tip acute, glabrous to subglabours, minutely hairy on midrib and veins. Petioles 1-5 cm long, minutely hairy to glabrous. Flowers in pedunculate, axillary cymes. Peduncle 1-6 cm long. Pedicel 5-10 mm long. Calyx 1.5-2 mm long, white minutely hairy, teeth triangular, cup very small. Corolla purplish or white, lobes c. 4-5 mm long, linear, acute to obtuse. Corona 5 lobed, lobes broad, caudate, with tongue-like process near base within. Follicles 6-16-(21) cm x 8-10 mm long, glabrous, acuminate.

Fl. Per.: June-August.

Type: ‘Habitat in Sicilia, Hispania, Astracan’ (LINN 308/3).

Distribution: Pakistan (Gilgit, Hunza, Chitral); Kashmir; S.W. Asia, S.E. Russia to S. Europe, Egypt, Libya and Algeria.


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