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Mollugo cerviana (L.) Seringe in DC. Prodr. 1:392. 1824. C.B. Clarke, l.c. 663; Jafri, l.c. 191; J. Cullen, l.c.

Vern. ‘hazar dani’ (Sind).

Mollugo cerviana

Credit: M.Y. Saleem

  • Mollugo umbellata Ser.
  • Pharnaceum cerviana Linn.

    Annual up to 15 cm tall. Stem ascending, branched, glabrous, wiry. Leaves up to 11 per node, linear, 0.6-2.0 cm long, c. 1 mm broad; stipules caducous. Pedicel up to 14 mm long, slender, glabrous. Bracts linear, c. 1 mm long. Sepals free, up to 2 mm long in fruit, slightly inflexed, margin white, elliptic-oblong. Stamens 5, alternating with the sepals; filaments dilated at the base, slightly longer than the sepals. Ovary c. 1.1 mm long, ovoid. Stigmas 3, short. Capsule sub-globose, c. 2.5 mm broad, slightly longer than the sepals, dehiscing by 3 valves; valves slightly retuse. Seed less than 1 mm, slightly curved, light brown, reticulate and shiny.

    Fl. Per.: September-November.

    Type locality: Described from Germany, Russia and Spain (Linn. 387/1).

    Distribution: S. Europe, Greece, Rumania, S. Russia, Siberia, Arabia, Tropical Africa, Galapagos Islands, Australia, Ceylon, India and Pakistan.

    A delicate herb bearing a superficial resemblance to the Caryophyl¬laceous Spergula. Said to have medicinal properties.


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