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8. Eremostachys thyrsiflora Benth. in DC., Prodr. 12: 548. 1848. Mukerjee in Rec. Bat. Sun. Ind. 14, 1: 201. 1940; Hedge in Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinb. 23: 160. 1968; Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 613. 1972; Rech. f, Fl. Iran. 150: 285, t. 265, 574 - fig. 2. 1982.

I.C. Hedge

  • Paraeremostachys thyrsiflora (Benth.) Adylov, Kamelin & Machmedov

    Rootstock with petiolar remains; collar not or scarcely woolly villous. Stems single, 20-45 cm, with numerous short stellate-dendroid hairs, often purplish. Leaves c. 10-15 x 2-4 (-6) cm, linear-oblong to oblong-lanceolate, crenate to dentate-laciniate, attenuate above, cuneate at base, with short stellate-dendroid hairs on both surfaces; petiole upto 6 cm; upper cauline leaves few, small. Inflorescence a broadly pyramidal thyrse with long pedunculate 5-7-flowered cymes. Bracts 25-40 mm, subulate, spinulose, spreading. Calyx including teeth 25-30 mm, tubular-infundibuliform, with a ± dense indumentum of short stellate-dendroid hairs sometimes also with very long simple multicellular hairs; teeth 5-7 mm, subulate from a broad triangular base, erect or spreading. Corolla 35-40 mm; upper lip brown-purple, bearded at margin; lower lip somewhat longer than upper, yellowish. Nutlets c. 5 mm x 2.5 mm, dark brown, apically very densely tufted.

    Type: Afghanistan/Pakistan, Griffith (K!) [see Hedge in Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinb. 23: 160. 1968].

    Distribution: Afghanistan, Pakistan.

    An unmistakable and isolated species on account of its thyrsoid inflorescence, separated flowers and very long calyx teeth.


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