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Douepia Cambess. in Jacquem.,Voy.Ind. 4:18. 1844. Schulz in Engl. & Prantl, l.c. 369; Hedge in Rech.f., l.c. 56.

Douepia tortuosa

Credit: Shaukat & Azmat

Perennial herbs, woody below, branched, erect, glabrous, glaucous. Leaves fleshy, simple, entire; lower elliptic or elliptic-oblong, shortly stalked, entire or obscurely toothed, acute; upper ± similar but sessile; uppermost linear, semi amplexicaul. Racemes lax, flexuose, ebracteate. Flowers large, pinkish or violet; pedicel short, slightly thickened in fruit. Sepals erect, oblong, almost equal, acute, inner not saccate at the base. Petals about twice as long as the sepals, oblong, cuneate at the base, apex rounded. Stamen filaments linear; anthers ± irregularly sagittate. Lateral nectar glands semi-annular, thickened in the middle; middle gland large, oblong-ovoid. Ovary narrowly cylindrical, sessile, about 30 ovuled; stigma bilobed large with decurrent lobes. Siliquae linear-terete, biolcular, dehiscent with a prominent mid-rib on the valves, glabrous, rigid; beak short, oblong-conical, sterile; septum membranous but rigid with uniseriate depressions caused by seeds; seeds uniseriate, ellipsoid, brown, often obscurely winged; cotyledons conduplicate.

A monotypic genus endemic to W. Pakistan. Differs from Moricandia in its non-saccate inner sepals, linear, strap-shaped petals, middle nectar glands present, oblong and uniseriate larger seeds.

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