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Published In: Flora Taurico-Caucasica 3: 269. 1819. (Fl. Taur.-Caucas.) 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: S. I. ALI
General/Distribution: About 40 species, distributed up to 6000 m in Central and West Asia and Himalayas; represented in Pakistan by 8 taxa.


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Perennial herbs with vertical short rhizomes and fusiform tuberous roots. Leaves basal, linear with sheathing bases. Inflorescence scapose, usually dense elongated many flowered raceme which get further elongated in fruit. Bracts membranous, acuminate. Flowers 1 per bract axil, pedicellate, pedicel not articulated. Tepals free, or connate at base slightly cupshaped, white or yellow. Stamens equal, exserted, filaments straight, not dilated towards the base, basifixed. Ovary trilocular, seeds several per locule, style filiform. Fruit a loculicidal capsule. Seeds irregularly 3-angled.

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1 Tepals 1-nerved, tip not incurved and involute, wheel-shaped (2)
+ Tepals 3-5-nerved,tip incurved and involute, narrowly tubular (6)
2 (1) Tepals yellow, brownish orange in dry condition. Capsule 6-8 mm in diameter (3)
+ Tepals pink or white or cream coloured or pale greenish yellow (4)
3 (2) Scape at least towards the base puberulous
+ Scape glabrous 6 Eremurus stenophyllus (Boiss. & Buhse) Baker subsp. stenophyllus
4 (2) Scape puberulous or finely pubescent at the base. Leaves puberulous throughout or at least at the base (5)
+ Scape and leaves glabrous 3 Eremurus himalaicus
5 (4) Leaves generally up to 10 mm, rarely up to 25 mm broad (capsule up to 22 mm in diameter) 5 Eremurus persicus (Jaub. & Spach) Boiss. subsp. persicus
+ Leaves 2-4 mm broad 5 Eremurus persicus subsp. sikesarus
6 (1) Tip of tepals incurved, stamen scarcely longer than tepals, tepals tubular or tubular-campanulate (7)
+ Tip of tepals soon rolled inwards, stamen afterwards definitely longer than tepals, tepals campanulate. Leaf and scape glabrous 2 Eremurus fuscus
7 (6) Bract narrowly ovate-lanceolate to nearly ovate. Capsule c. 14 mm in diameter. Fruit pedicel up to 40 mm long, ascending. Leaves up to 45 mm broad 1 Eremurus dolichomischus
+ Bract linear-subulate, base dilated. Capsule 7-10 mm in diameter. Fruit pedicel 6-12 mm long. Leaves 5-20 mm broad 4 Eremurus inderiensis
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