Acantholimon acerosum (Willd.) Boiss.

First published in Diagn. Pl. Orient. 7: 80 (1846)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Türkiye to NW. Iran. It is a subshrub and grows primarily in the temperate biome.

Descriptions

Ghazanfar, S. A. & Edmondson, J. R (Eds). (2014) Flora of Iraq, Volume 5 Part 2: Lythraceae to Campanulaceae.

Morphology General Habit
Densely caespitose shrublet, glaucescent, roughly punctuated with calcareous dots
Morphology Leaves
Leaves flat or triquetrous, acuminate, spiny, parallel-veined, 15–30 × 1.5–2.5 mm, broadening at base into a short brown sheath
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Scape
Scape unbranched, emerging above leaves, glabrous, with a few triangular-lanceolate scales
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Spike lax, elongate, with 7–16 big spikelets; rachis flexuous, scabrid
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Outer bract triangular, acuminate, shorter than inner ones, dorsal surface herbaceous; inner bracts narrowly membranous, as long as or sometimes longer than calyx tube, apex mucronate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx comparatively long, with purplish pubescent-hispid ribs slightly projecting from margins of limbs, limb white, blunt or obscurely 5-lobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla bright pink
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens with filaments adherent to claws of petals
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary oblong linear, 5-ribbed, short-necked; styles filiform, smooth, stigmas capitate-peltate.
Ecology
Stony and rocky hillsides, sometimes on metamorphic rocks; alt.: ?700 ft –2600 m
Phenology
June–Aug.
Distribution
Occasional in the upper forest and thorn-cushion zones of Iraq. W Syria, Turkey, Armenia, NW Iran.
Vernacular
According to Guest & Alizzi, its vernacular (Kurdish) name is GIRGU
[FIQ]

Sources

  • Flora of Iraq

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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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  • Kew Backbone Distributions

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