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Kallstroemia pubescens (G. Don) Dandy in Kew Bull. 10: 138. 1955. Tribulus pubescens G. Don, Gen. Syst. 1: 769.1831. Kallstroemia minor Hook. f. in Hook., Niger Fl. 269. 1849.


Herbs, annual, procumbent, up to 50 cm long. Leaves 2 - 5 cm long; leaflets subsessile, 0.5 - 2 x 0.3 - 1.2 cm, elliptic to obovate, spiculate; stipules 3 - 5 mm long, linear-lanceolate, hairy. Flowers ca 10 mm across, pale yellow; pedicels 1 - 2 cm long. Sepals 5,4.5 - 6 x 1.5 - 1.7 mm, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, persistent. Petals 5, obovate, 6 - 7 x 4.5 - 5 mm. Stamens 10, ca 5 mm long. Ovary ca 1 mm across; style conical, 10 - 12-ridged, persistent; stigma capitate. Schizocarps ca 8 mm across, pyramidal, ribbed; mericarps ca 5 x 3 mm, 1-seeded.

Distrib. India: Maharashtra, Bihar and W. Bengal.

Mexico to C. & S. America and W. Africa.

Chromosome no. 2n = 32 (Datta in Curr. Sci. 37: 477. 1968); 2n = 36 (Pandey & Pal in Taxon 29: 545. 1980).





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