Psylliostachys suworovii (Gintzburger et al., 2003)

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Limonium otolepis
Gintzburger et al., Rangelands in Uzbekistan, 2003
Psylliostachys suworovii (Gintzburger et al., 2003)
Aegilops crassa
Psylliostachys suworovii
Psylliostachys suworovii
Psylliostachys leptostachia
Psylliostachys leptostachia

Psylliostachys suworovii (Rgl.) Roshk.

Local name:

  • Russian: Псилиостахис Суворова - psiliostahis Suvorova

Chromosome number: 2n = 16 (Sugiura 1936, 1939); 2n = 18 (Wulff 1937).

Description and morphology: Small annual plant (10–30 cm), rigid, erect, slightly hairy or glabrescent. Leaves: (5–15 cm long, 1–2 cm wide), short petiole, oblong, triangular, terminal lobe mucronate. Inflorescence: 1–5 times longer than leaves, cylindrical; terminal longer than others. Calyx (2–3 mm) tubular, glandiferous. Corolla pink.

Reproduction: Sexual. Flowering: March–April. Fruit maturation: April-May.

Pastoral importance: None. Not grazed by livestock. Potential as ornamental plant.

Fodder value: None. High content of flavonoids in petals. Aboveground organs at flowering stage contain (% DM): protein 7; ash 11; fat 1.7; cellulose 37; nitrogen-free extract 34.

Habitat: Halophyte. Occurs on loamy clay saline flats and depressions.

Distribution: Irano-Turanian region to Syria and Palestine.

Other: Psylliostachys sp.