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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 534. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Contributor Text: HARALD RIEDL and YASIN J. NASIR
Contributor Institution: Naturhistorisches Museum, Botanische Abteilung, Wien, Austria.


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

Flower/Fruit: Fl. Per.: February-March.
Type: Type: Described from Egypt and Crete.
Distribution: B,C-6 Peshawar: Peshawar Univ. Campus, 22.2.1964, Jan. Mohd. s.n. (RAW), C-7 Rawalpindi, Coll. Ingot. s.n. (RAW).

Distribution: S. Europe, N. Africa, S.W. Asia.

Comment/Acknowledgements: Cultivated mainly as a spice as far as Ethiopia. It is difficult to tell wh ere it is actually indigenous. Obviously spontaneous plants are different from cultivated forms by shorter leaflets, the presence of more glandular hairs and more tubercles on the fruit. They have been separated as Nigella saliva var. hispidula Boiss. in Ann. Sci. Nat. ser. 2(16):360.1841, (Syn. N. sativa L. var. brachyloba Boiss., Fl.Or. 1:68.1877, Nigella glandulifora Freyn et Sint. in Bull. Herb. Boiss. Ser. 2(3):559.1903) from the type. I have seen some cultivated specimens of Nigella sativa from Pakistan.
Map Location: B,C-6 Peshawar: Peshawar Univ. Campus, 22.2.1964, Jan. Mohd. s.n. (RAW), C-7 Rawalpindi, Coll. Ingot. s.n. (RAW).


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Slender or stout annual, 15-50 cm high, loosely pubescent, sometimes hairs glandular. Stem erect, simple or branched, finely striate. Leaf-lobes 0.8-2 mm wide, acute. Flowers single, without an involucre. Sepals whitish, ovate, ± obtuse, with a short distinct stipe, puberulous. Petals with a short, thick, subulate-capitate appendix. Follicles coherent throughout their length, inflated, tuberculate. Seeds triquetrous, rugose.
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