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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 332. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Flower/Fruit: Fl-Per. March-May.
General/Distribution: Type: Described from Europe. Hb. Linn. 457/6 (LINN).
Distribution: Distribution:. S. and SE. Europe, Africa, Siberia, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Arabia, Egypt and W. Pakistan.
Comment/Acknowledgements: A desert annual with pretty deep pink sessile flowers; often found in the Punjab plains; in sandy or saline soil up to 1700 m.
Illustration: Frankenia pulverulenta L. (Illustration)
Map Location: D-4 Baluchistan : Quetta to Chaman, c. 1500 m., J. Lamond 982 (E, RAW); Pishin, in Cult. fields, Zaffar Ali 5676 (RAW); near Quetta, Ved Parkash 16466 (RAW); Mastung,Jafri and Akbar 1744 (KUH); Forest nursery, Quetta, R.R. Stewart 830 (RAW); Killasaifulla, M. Nath 2261 (RAW); G-2 Gwadar, in sand at foot of cliff, J. Lamond 499 (E, RAW) ; G-4 Karachi Dist.: Malir, Ali and Jafri s.n. 31.3.64 (KUH) ; D-8 Lahore Dist.: Lahore, weed in grass, R.R. Stewart s.n. May 1938 (RAW); Lahore to Kasur, Sultan-ul-Abedin 2469 (KUH) ; Chauburji, Lahore, P.C, Joshi s.n. May 1939 (RAW); C-6 Bannu Dist.: Bannu-Tajazai rd., in fields, flowers pink, M.A. Siddiqi and Zaffar Ali 3761 (RAW); D-6 D.I. Khan Dist.: D.I. Khan, M.A. Siddiqi and Y. Nasir, 6333 (RAW); C-7 Attock Dist.: Dhok Pattan, R.R. Stewart and E. Nasir 27865 (RAW); B-6 Peshawar Dist.: Peshawar, N. Ali 2151 (RAW) ; Gorak Diggi, Peshawar, Hassan Din 6 (RAW) ; C-7 Rawalpindi Dist.: near new campus, Gordon College, M.A. Siddiqi 6043 (RAW) ; D-7 Lyallpur Dist. : Samundry, Abdul Rauf & Niaz Ahmad s.n. 25-2-71 (RAW).


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A procumbent annual herb. Stem diffuse, puberulous. Leaves spathulate to obovate, 3-7 mm long, 1-3 mm broad, retuse, pubescent beneath; subsessile, petiole base sheathing, ciliate. Flowers sessile, axillary solitary or in dichasial cymes. Calyx tube c. 4 mm long, costate, 5-fid, puberulous; lobes acute c. 1 mm long; petals 5, pink, c. 4 mm long, obovate, apex slightly fimbriate, base with a membranous decurrent scale attached to the inside. Stamens 6, free; filament c. 2.5 mm long, dilated posteriorly. Ovary c. 2 mm long, ovoid; style 1.5 mm long, linear; stigma 2-3 forked. Capsule c. 2 mm long, splitting by 3 valves; seeds less than 1 mm long, c. 0.5 mm broad, ovoid.
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