Halimocnemis villosa (Gintzburger et al., 2003)

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Girgensohnia oppositiflora
Gintzburger et al., Rangelands in Uzbekistan, 2003
Halimocnemis villosa (Gintzburger et al., 2003)
Halocnemum strobilaceum
Halimocnemis villosa
Halimocnemis villosa
Halimocnemis villosa

Halimocnemis villosa K. et K.

Local name:

  • Russian: Галимокнемис мохнатый - galimoknemis mohnatyj
  • Uzbek: Byzovbashshur, Buzokbosh, Khardandon
  • Turkmen: Yarmanlyk

Description and morphology: Annual plant (height 10–25 cm). Stem: blue-grey, branched, densely covered by short, articulate, upward growing hairs. Leaves: fleshy, succulent (20–50 mm long), convex from below, flattened or slightly grooved from above, subtended into a short thorn. Bracts slightly extended towards base, much longer than bracteoles. Bracteoles narrow linear, keeled, hardly longer than flowers. Perianth segments 4, lanceolate, sharp, bottle-shaped in fruit. Flowers: bisexual; solitary in axils of bracts; 4 stamens on long filaments, accreted at their bases. Anthers linear, yellow; loculus free to middle, above oblong, pale yellow inflated on short stalk appendage. Stigmas slightly extended at top, equal or longer than style.

Reproduction: Sexual. Seed: vertical with spiral embryo.

Forage value: Poor.

Habitat: On saline sands, salt-marsh (solonchak-alkaline soils), deserts and river valleys.

Distribution: Central Asia (Kyzylkum, Fergana valley, Balkash) and western China.