Kyrgyzstan July 2008 Zabelia corymbosa quest

Voucher: KYRG 145 

Ceratocarpus arenarius L.

Region: Jalal-Abad Oblast  Toktogul Rayon
Gazetteer: south of Toktogul Reservoir 
Coordinates: 41º46'17'' N, 73º02'59'' E  Alt: 1089m 

5-10cm tall fruiting herbaceous plant. Fruits with 2 divergent spines at the top. Leaves linear lanceolate mostly withered. Fruits in the axil of every single leaf and node.
Desert type vegetation with Amaranthaceae, Artemisia, Echinops, Cerasus.

Identification Notes: Verified with Flora of the USSR. Vol.6, V. L. Komarov. Monoecious annual. the two first flowers just after the cotyledons are female and develop a woody indehiscent capsule with one seed. Every other flower at the axil of each leaf is male. Bracteoles 2 fused together and enclosing the flower. Bracteoles accrescent in fruit in both male and female flower but they are ruptured by the capsule in the female flower. Bracteoles covered in stellate hairs, flat in the aborted male flowers. Leaves linear, narrow and long, hairy. 
Ancillary Collections: photos 

Landrein, S. 145                5 July 2008

morphological details

fruiting bracts fruiting bracts fruiting bracts indumentum fruiting bracts indumentum fruiting bracts awns fruiting bracts awns

fruiting bracts fruiting bracts

seed seed

section of the capsule section of the capsule

section of the capsule section of the capsule

field picture
fruiting plant
Herbarium voucher
Herbarium voucher

Other field pictures

fruiting plant fruiting plant