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Published In: Anales de Ciencias Naturales 3: 46. 1801. (Anales Ci. Nat.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage LibraryView 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: S. I. ALI
Flower/Fruit: Fl.Per.: November-April
Type: Type: “El Sr. Broussonet la encontro junto a Magador.”
Distribution: Distribution: North Africa, S. W. Europe, South West Asia, Pakistan and India.
Comment/Acknowledgements: The plant is eaten raw as well as in cooked form, particularly during famine. The seeds are considered to be diuretic.

Richardson & Smythies in Tutin et al., Fl. Europ. 5: 17, 1980 have treated Asphodelus tenuifolius Cav. as a synonym of Asphodelus. Fistulosus. I have followed Wendelbo (l.c.) who has accepted Asphodelus tenuifolius Cav. as a separate species till more is known about the variation patterns of Asphodelus fistulosus L. from the entire range.

Map Location: C-7 Environs of Rawalpindi, 1900 to 2600 ft, 15-28.11.1856, Schlagintweit 10854 (BM); Topi Park, Rawalpindi, in shade on edge of pond, 17.3.1940, P W Pinfold 16 (BM); Islamabad, National Agricultural Research Centre, erect herb, flowers white, 10.2.1987, Rizwan Yusuf Hashmi 180 (KUH); C-8 Mirala Barrage Road., c. 18 miles from Sialkot, a common weed in fields, flowers white-pinkish, 24.3.1974, Y. Nasir 41 (KUH); D-5 Loralai, plains, near water, 4700 ft, common, 27.6.1957, Jafri & Akber 2296 (KUH); E-5 Kandkhot, fish nursery pond, flowers white with green streak, fruits present, 17.4.1982, Kamal A. Malik, Shahryar H. Naqvi & M. Sharif 2002 (KUH); E-6 Bahawalpur-Bahawalnagar Road, height 25-30 cm, flower white, 24.3.1984, M. Qaiser 7247 (KUH); Lodhran Rest House, 9 miles from Bahawalpur, 6.1.1983, M. Qaiser, S. Nazimuddin & Gohar Khan 7114 (KUH); F-3 Awaran, near Rest Houe, erect, 30-50 cm high, flowrs whitish pink, common weed, 27.2.1988, S. Omer, M. Qaiser & Y. Nasir 2041 (KUH); 1 km from Awaran on way to Turbat, soil loamy sand, erect annual, herb, c. 35 cm tall, flowers light pinkish-white, common weed in wheat field, 7.3.1990, A. Ghafoor & Steve M. Goodman 4395 (KUH); G-2 20 km from Balaglar on way to Hoshab, 2.4.1988, Tahir Ali 825 (KUH); c. 3 km from village Kikin, on Kikin Kor nullah, between village Shahrak and Turbat on road to Hoshab, erect annual herb, c. 25 cm tall, flowers light purplish-white, green leaves eaten raw, vern. Pimaluk, 13.3.1990, A. Ghafoor & Steve M. Goodman 4578 (KUH); near village Nodiz, c. 39 km W. of Turbat on way to Nasarabad and Mand, Turbat-Mand Road, erect, 25-35 cm tall, flowers light purple, growing in loamy sand basins in valley basin, vern. Pimaluk, 14.3.1990, A. Ghafoor & Steve Goodman 4603 (KUH); About 28 miles from Pasni, on way to Turbat, erect wild herb, height 1 ft or more, flower pink, 25.4.1970, M. Qaiser, Asad Raza & Abrar Hussain 944 (KUH); near auditorium, Botany Department, Karachi University, erect herb, non bulbous, growing near water channel, flower pink tinged, 5.4.1988, S. Khatoon 570 (KUH); Botany Department, Karachi University, erect herb, branching from the base, weed of cultivated fields, flowers white, 5.4.1988, S. Khatoon 566 (KUH); Malir, cult. field, common, 31.3.1955, S. M. H. Jafri 834 (KUH).


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Annual herb, 15-50 cm tall. Leaves 15-30 x 0.5-3 mm linear, semiterete, acute, sheathing at the base, finely puberulous. Scapes many from the base, much branched, 30-60 cm. Flowers laxly racemose, bracteate, pedicel 4-6 mm, jointed below the middle, bract c. 2.5 mm, broadly ovate, scarious with a brownish keel. Tepals (3-) 5-6 mm long, white to pale-pink. Stamens 3-3.5 mm long, anthers 1-1.5 mm long. Style c. 2 mm long, stigma subcapitate, minutely 3-lobed. Capsule 3-4 mm in diameter, globose. Seeds c. 3 mm, sharply trigonous, black.
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