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2. Delphinium chitralense H. Riedl in Kew Bull. 34:365. 1979. (Fig. 10, A-F).


National Herbarium, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Delphinium chitralense

Credit: P. Turcsak

Stem 40 cm or more, repeatedly divaricately branched, strigulose with curved hairs, leafy except in the upper part. Petiole of lower leaves 10-13 cm, strigulose, blade 4 cm wide, subreniform, pubescent below, 3-parted for about 3/4 to 4/5 of its length, segments 2-3-lobed, obovate-cuneate, lobes incised with ultimate lobules 2-4 x 1-3 mm. Lower cauline leaves slightly but less profoundly dissected, upper and middle leaves 3-5-parted, entire or 3-lobed. Inflorescence composed of one or several racemes. Bracts linear, 2.5-12 x 0.5-1 mm. Pedicels 9-25 mm, divaricate or ascending. Bracteoles minute, attached near middle of petals. Sepals pale bluish or violet, upper sepals 6-8 x 3.5-4 mm, strigulose outside, spur 9-10 mm long, 1.7-2(-3) mm wide at base, strigulose, ± straight, lateral sepal 7-8.5 x 4 mm, elliptic-ovate, obtuse, or rounded, strigulose along the midline, lower sepal 8-9 x 3.5 mm, oblong-elliptic, apiculate, strigulose all over. Petals pale yellow to whitish. Limb of upper petal glabrous, 6-7 mm, shallowly bilobed, lobules less than l mm long, spur 8-9 mm, limb of lower petal 3.5-4 mm long and wide, rounded, oblique, bilobed to middle or more, bearded on the entire outer surface, claw 4-4.5 mm. Stamens ± 5 mm, glabrous. Carpels glabrous, scabridulous along the veins. Fruit not seen.

Fl. Per.: June-July.

Type: Pakistan: Chitral, Ghairat, 1520 m, Barenis 1830 m, May to June 1908, Toppin 370 (K).

Chitral: Ayun-Bombrait, 8000', A.R. Beg 1453 (RAW).

Distribution: Endemic.

Qureshi & Chaudhri published quite a number of new species in Pakistan

Systematics, 2: 1978. However, there are several species viz., Aquilegia baluchistanica Qureshi & Chaudhri, Delphinium mastujensis Qureshi & Chaudhri, Thalicrrum hazaricum Qureshi & Chaudhri, whose types were collected sometime in late 1979. Therefore, it is obvious that the date of the publication of this journal is at least sometime in late 1979. Hence Delphinium chitranelse H. Riedl in Kew Bull. 34: 365. 1979 cannot be treated as a later synonym of Delphinium chitralicum Qureshi & Chaudhri. Therefore, Delphinium chitralense Riedl is accepted here as a legitimate name. However, Delphinium chitralicum Qureshi & Chaudhri is treated here as a synonym of Delphinium vestitum Wall. ex Boyle.


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