Acantholimon armenum Boiss. & A.Huet

First published in P.E.Boissier, Diagn. Pl. Orient., ser. 2, 4: 64 (1859)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is E. & S. Türkiye to N. Iraq and W. Syria. It is a subshrub and grows primarily in the subalpine or subarctic 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, with short woody branches, lower branches densely leafy, clad with recurved leaf remains
Morphology Leaves
Leaves (10–)15–25(–40) × 1.5–2 mm, flat, white-dotted, glaucous, margin only scabrid, patent-erect becoming recurved, scarcely hyaline at basal margins
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Scape
Scape unbranched, equalling the leaves, mostly with 3 leaves; cauline leaves similar to bracts but longer
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spikelets
Spikelets numerous 12–18; spikes ± fragile, erect or curved; bracteoles all lanceolate, long-acuminate, spiny-mucronate at tip, with broad hyaline margins, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx tube ± 9 mm, hairy on veins; limb 4 or 5(–6) mm wide, obscurely 5-lobed, with ± purplish veins, not reaching margin, whitish
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla pink, scarcely exserted from calyx
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Styles and filaments ± equalling length of calyx tube
Ecology
Rocky limestone places; alt.: ± 3200 m
Phenology
Aug.
Distribution
Very rare; only gathered once, from the alpine zone of NE Iraq. W Syria, Turkey (S & E Anatolia), Armenia, Nachitchevan.
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Sources

  • Flora of Iraq

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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    • Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2023. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2023. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0