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Tamarix passerinoides Delile ex Desv. var. macrocarpa Ehrenb. in Linnaea 2: 276. 1827; Qaiser in Nasir & Ali, Fl. W. Pakistan 141: 40. 1982. T. macrocarpa (Ehrenb.) Bunge, Tent. 79. 1852.


Shrubs, 0.7 - 2 (-3) m high; younger parts densely papillose. Leaves amplexicaul to semiamplexicaul, 1 - 3.5 (-4) x 1 - 4 mm broadly ovate to ovate-lanceolate, acute to acuminate at apex, deflexed. Racemes mostly aestival, simple or rarely compound, each 2 - 4 (-7) ) x 0.6 - 0.8 cm; rachis papillose; bracts amplexicaul to semiamplexicaul, 1.5 - 1.7 x 1 - 1.2 mm, broadly triangular-ovate to ovate-lanceolate, acummate at apex, entire to subentire. Flowers pink to purplish-pink. Sepals 5, 1.5 - 2.2 x 1 - 1.5 mm, ovate to trullate-ovate, denticulate, subequal, outer two smaller and more acute than inner three. Petals 5, 3 - 4.5 x 1.5 - 2 (-2.5) mm, obovate to obovate-elliptic. Stamens usually 10, rarely 7 - 9; filaments inconspicuously alternately long and short, base broadened, longer filaments 2.5 - 7 mm long, shorter ones 2 - 2.5 mm, epidiscine. Capsules (8 -) 10 - 12.5 x 3 - 5 mm. Seeds 0.5 - 0.7(-1) mm long; coma 5 - 6 mm long.

Fl. & Fr. Oct. - March.

Distrib. India: Gujarat.

Pakistan, S.W. & W. Asia and N. Africa.

Notes. Chromosome number 2n = 24 (Paramjit Singh, Taxon 33: 759. 1984 - sub T. arceuthoides Bunge).





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