Calligonum leucocladum (Gintzburger et al., 2003)

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Calligonum junceum
Gintzburger et al., Rangelands in Uzbekistan, 2003
Calligonum leucocladum (Gintzburger et al., 2003)
Calligonum microcarpum
Calligonum leucocladum

Calligonum leucocladum (Schrenk) Bge

Local name:

  • Russian: Кандым светлокорий - kandym svetlokorij
  • Uzbek: Ok Juzgun

Chromosome number: 2n = 18 (Aleksandrova and Soskov 1968).

Description and morphology: Perennial shrub, old branches have light grey bark. Flowers: at 1–2 in axils of branches. Perianth segments unequal oviform, green above, white on margins. Anthers bright red.

Reproduction: Sexual. Flowering and fruit maturation: May–June. Fruit: erect nutlets, winged ovate (13–15 long, 10–12 wide). Wings yellowish, soft, oblong-oviform, rounded at base, acute at tip, dentate at margins.

Pastoral importance: Excellent fodder plant for all livestock. Similar to other Calligonum spp.

Habitat: Psammophyte. Occurs usually on mobile and semi-fixed sands.

Distribution: Central Asia (Balkash and Aral regions, Kyzylkum and Karakum) and China.