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5. Eremostachys acaulis Beck ex Rech. f. in Feddes Repert. 48: 161. 1940. Hedge in Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinb. 23: 163. 1968; Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 612. 1972; Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 150: 273, t. 251, 572 - fig. 1. 1982.

I.C. Hedge

  • Eremostachys laciniata var. brevicaulis Regel
  • Eremostachys speciosa var. brevicaulis (Regel) Popov

    Root vertical, woody. Collar of stem densely woolly lanate. Stems absent or short upto 25 cm, unbranched. Leaves rosette-forming, dearly exceeding inflorescence, pinnatifid to bipinnatifid; lamina ± broad oblong in outline, 5-10 x 3.5-5 cm, with a dense indumentum on both surfaces of stellate-dendroid hairs and fewer long simple hairs; petiole 3-5 cm densely white villous. Verticillasters 1-4, conferted or distant, densely lanate. Bracts c. 20 x 2 mm, mucronulate. Calyx c. 20 mm, tubular-campanulate, densely covered with only long multicellular simple hairs; teeth short, truncate abruptly ending in a c. 1.5 mm mucro. Corolla deep yellow, handsome, c. 40 mm; upper and lower lip subequal c. 20 mm; tube not annulate within. Nutlets not known.

    Type: Afghanistan, Kabul, Honigbetger (holo. W!).

    Distribution: Afghanistan, Pakistan, C. Asia.

    Generally a subalpine species, recognized by its acaulous (or almost so) habit and deep yellow flowers. A very close ally of Eremostachys speciosa Rupr. and regarded by Adylov et al. (in Vvedensky, Conspect. Fl. As. Med. 9: 95. 1987) as a synonym of it, as Phlomoides speciosa (Rupr.) Adylov, Kamelin & Machmedov.


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