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Published In: Journal of the Linnean Society, Botany 19: 187. 1882. (J. Linn. Soc., Bot.) 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: KAMAL A. MALIK
Flower/Fruit: Fl. Per.: July-November. Fr. Per.: Summer.
Type: Lectotype: Fruit from plant cultivated in Saharanpur Botanical Garden (Beccari, Ann. Roy. Bat. Gard. Calcutta. 13: 38. 1933).
Distribution: Distribution: Wild in Sind, W. Punjab and Mekran, Peshawar valley, Kohat, trans Indus territory, Afghanistan and S. Persia.
Comment/Acknowledgements: Leaves are used for making various kinds of mats, baskets, fans and brushes; also used medicinally as a cure of dysentry and diarrhoea. Inflorescence and fruits are used as food.
Illustration: Nannorrhops ritchiana (Griff.) Aitch. (Illustration)
Map Location: C-6 Hangu, Kohat, Mohummad Mosharaf Bellal 68 (RAW); Kurram valley, Sadela-Arawali, Y. Nasir & Siddiqi 8168 (RAW); Alizai Parachinar road, M.A. Siddiqi 4332 (RAW); D-5 Hernal, Mohindar Nath 2423 (RAW); F-4 c. 40 miles from Seeta village on way to Kute-ji-Qabar, Keerther range, c. 6000 ft. (common), Kamal Akhter Malik & Saood Omer 2466 (KUH); G-3 Bela Awaran road, 33 miles before Awaran, sandy clay soil, S.I. Ali, S.A. Faruqi & Sultanul Abedin 1443 (KUH).


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Gregarious, usually small tufted palm, from a much branched underground rhizome. Leaves 30-60 (-130) cm long, coriaceous, glabrous, gradually and evenly narrowed to the base. Hastula absent; petiole 15-30 x 2.5-3 (-4) cm from the base, concavo-convex, base covered with a mass of rust-coloured wool, margin serrate. Leaf blade 60-90 cm long and broad, palmately divided to the middle or lower into 8-15 (-40) segments with sometimes thread like interposed fibres; segments induplicate, deeply bipartite, 30-38 cm long, linear, rigid. Inflorescence erect, slender, ramified compound panicle, 60 cm - 1 m long. Usually 3 flowers within a bracteole, developing in succession, one sessile and others pedicelled; calyx 2-3 mm long, thin, flat, membranous, joined, forming a trilobed tube; petals c. 4 x c. 2 mm, coriaceous, connate at base; stamens dorsifixed, filaments subulate, anthers 1-1.5 mm long, deeply sagittate; style short. Seeds (9-) 11.5-15 x 11-15 mm.
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