Kyrgyzstan July 2008 Zabelia corymbosa quest

Voucher: KYRG 20 

Eryngium macrocalyx Schrenk.

Region: Jalal-Abad Oblast  Chatkal Rayon
Gazetteer: Ters Valley, outside Besh-Aral State Res 
Coordinates: 41º39'25'' N, 70º43'50'' E  Alt: 1590m 

Up to 1.6m tall. Plant silver-coloured but glabrous. Basal leaves withered. Umbel dense capitate with prickly bracts and whitish.
Herbaceous community dominated by Prangos, Artemisia with Bupleurum, Chenopodiaceae, Centaurea along the track.

Identification Notes: Verified with Flora of the USSR. Vol.16, V. L. Komarov and Pimenov, M.G. (1937- ) The Umbelliferae of Kirghyzia Zontichnye (Umbelliferae) Kirgizii. Basal leaves rounded with spines on the margin, simple. Flowers bisexual in a capitate inflorescence surrounded by an involucre of linear spiny bracts. Calyx teeth terminating in a long spine. Nectary disc annular around the style. Mericarps flat covered with white cartilaginous scales. Mericarps without canals. Key out as E. incognitum in Flora USSR but in synonym with E.macrocalyx in Pimenov. 
Ancillary Collections: photos 

Borosova, R. 20                9 July 2008

morphological details

capitate umbel capitate umbel receptacle receptacle flowers flowers

ovary ovary

calyx calyx

sepal and anther sepal and anther

nectary disc nectary disc

section of a mericarp section of a mericarp

commissure commissure

leaf base leaf base

leaf margin leaf margin

stem stem

field picture
Herbarium voucher
Herbarium voucher sheet 1/2
Herbarium voucher sheet 2/2

Other field pictures

habitat cauline leaves
inflorescence basal leaves