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Published In: Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis 12: 261. 1848. (Prodr.) 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)
Contributor Text: I.C. Hedge
Flower/Fruit: Fl. Per.: June-October.
Type: Type: Afghanistan: Ghazni to Kabul, Griffith (K!).
Distribution: Distribution: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Very closely related to the previous species and only differing in leaf characters. Stewart (l.c.) remarks that even within the same community leaf shape can be very variable. Some specimens from the Quetta region may be hybrids between the two species: e.g. Quetta, Hazarganji, Nazim & Sultan 280, 282, 283 (KUH), Quetta, 1800 m, Koeie 3375 (W). Field observations are needed.

Perovskia atriplicifolia is known from a large number of gatherings from Afghanistan, but few in Pakistan. It is uncertain if such Soviet Central Asiatic species as Perovskia angustifolia Kudr. and Perovskia scrophulariifolia Bge. are specifically different from Perovskia atriplicifolia. In the recent Conspectus Fl. As. Mediae (Vvedensky 9. 1987), Perovskia atriplicifolia is not recognized as a Central Asiatic species.

Illustration: Perovskia atriplicifolia Benth. (Illustration)
Map Location: B-6 Chitral: Drosh Col, 1860 m, Sultanul Abedin 7932 (KUH), Y. Nasir 4955 (RAW), Bowes Lyon 161 (BM, E); Chitral, Stainton 2537 (BM, E); Drosh, Stainton 3180 (BM, E), Toppin 399 (K); Gehrail, Siddiqi 2204 (RAW); 9 km from Chitral to Booth, 1800 m, Ghafoor & Omer 2948 (KUH); C-5 South Waziristan: Pir Ghal, Williams s.n. (K): Kaniguram, 10.9.1984, Gulzor Khan s.n. (KUH); C-6 Kurram: Kurram valley, R. R. Stewart 28047 (RAW); Parachinar, above Makai valley, 2550 m, Siddiqi & Y. Nasir 4317 (RAW); Ziran, Imam Bagh, Kazmi 3743 (KUH); Kurram to Karatigah, Aitchison 644 (K); D-4 Quetta: Luk pass, Quetta to Mastung, Jafri & Akbar 2015 (KUH); Isplingi, A. H. Khan 28 (RAW); Quetta valley, Z. Ali 4682 (RAW); E-4 Kalat: Harboi hills, Hughes-Buller 19507 (K); Koh-e-Maran, 10 km E Mangucher, Ghafoor & Omer 2165 (KUH); ? Baluchistan: Kordali, R. R. Stewart 714 (RAW).


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Wide-spreading subshrub up to 1 m. Stems much branched, leafy. Stem and leaves with an indumentum of small adpressed dendroid-stellate hairs and numerous sessile oil globules. Leaves narrowly to broadly oblong-lanceolate, acute, crenate - sometimes deeply so - to serrate, c. 3-5 x 0.8-2 cm, tapering into a c. 1.5 cm petiole; upper leaves smaller, often subentire, merging into bracts. The characters of inflorescence, calyx, corolla, stamens and nutlets are not different from Perovskia abrotanoides.
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