Kyrgyzstan July 2008 Zabelia corymbosa quest

Voucher: KYRG 199 

Schmalhausenia nidulans (Rgl.) Petrak

Region: Talas Oblast  Talas Rayon
Gazetteer: north-west of Otmök Pass 
Coordinates: 42º19'09'' N, 73º05'01'' E  Alt: 2682m 

Very spiny plant to 1m tall covered with purple hairs. Leaves 2-3 time pinnate with sharp spines on margin. Capitula to 2-3cm in diameter aggregated in a dense terminal spike. Bracts leaf-like. Florets all tubular and purple.
Alpine meadow with Phlomis and Alchemilla as dominants.

Identification Notes: Verified with Flora of the USSR. Vol.27, V. L. Komarov. Leaves archnoid hairy. Phyllaries lanceolate with purple cusp. Capitula homogamous. Florets with narrow tube and campanulate corolla. Anthers rounded at apex with basal appendage. Anther tube and stigmas long exserted. Receptacle covered in dense bristles. Cypselas grey obovoid, transversally rugose. Pappus of many short plumose hairs not fused at base and shedding one by one. 
Ancillary Collections: DNA, photos, seeds 

Landrein, S. 199                12 July 2008

morphological details

cypsela and receptacle scales cypsela and receptacle scales pappus pappus tubular floret tubular floret

corolla corolla

staminal column staminal column

anthers base anthers base

leaf rachis leaf

leaf margin leaf margin

leaf surface leaf surface

seed pictures
cypsela cypsela cypsela cypsela cypsela base cypsela base
field picture
Herbarium voucher
Herbarium voucher sheet 1/2
Herbarium voucher sheet 2/2

Other field pictures

flowering plant leaves
flowering plant capitulum
flowering plant