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Atelanthera perpusilla Hook. f. & Thomson in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 5: 138.1861; Hook. f. & T. Anderson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 133. 1872. A. pentandra jafri in Notes R. Bot. Gard. Edinb. 22: 101. 1956.


Herbs, annual, 3 - 8 cm high, with appressed bipartite rough hairs; stems erect, simple, filiform. Leaves few, sessile, distant, linear-oblong, entire, 10 - 15 x 1 - 3 mm. Racemes 2 - 6-flowered. Flowers white, subsessile, ca 2.5 mm across; pedicels inconspicuous, ca 1 mm long in fruit. Sepals ca 2 mm long, erect. Petals narrowly spathulate or oblong, ca 3 mm long. Stamens 6, dimorphic, ca 2 mm long; anthers with short claw at tip. Lateral nectar glands in pairs, oblong-terete. Ovary linear-oblong to somewhat cylindrical, 14 - 24-ovuled; style short, stigma 2-lobed. Fruits linear, compressed, bilocular, dehiscent, straight or twisted, appressed hairy, ca 2 cm long, ca 1 mm broad. Seeds 6 - 12 in each locule, 1-seriate, oblong.

Fl. & Fr. Apr. - June.

Distrib. India: Jammu & Kashmir.

Pakistan, Afghanistan and China.




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