Acantholimon - Waldheimia

Acantholimon (Plumbaginaceae)

The following species of ACANTHOLIMON have been recorded from Ladakh:   LYCOPODIOIDES


ACANTHOLIMON  LYCOPODIOIDES 

FOR SUMMARY OF DIAGNOSTIC CHARACTERISTICS SEE THE FOLLOWING TWO 'SLIDES'


ACANTHOLIMON  LYCOPODIOIDES 


Stewart recorded this as the commonest, indeed the only 'Himalayan' species, growing in the Artemisia association and forming large cushions on barren hillsides in Ladakh @ 3650-5800m. 
Photographed at Kangi, Ladakh by Aaron Pérez-Haase   © Aaron Pérez-Haase  2013

Pressed specimens of this were collected by members of the University of Southampton Botanical Expedition to Zanskar 1981 at Ramtasha @ 4000m, where it was frequent on valley slopes and rocky cliff faces; cushion habit, growing in layers. 

Photographed in Ladakh by Feroze Khan & Mudita Badwhar   © Feroze Khan & Mudita Badwhar  2010

Stewart described this as a remarkable sharp-leaves, tufted plant, common on the passes in Ladakh.

Photographed at Kangi, Ladakh by Aaron Pérez-Haase  © Aaron Pérez-Haase  2013


This specimen was photographed on a dry slope in the Upper Indus Valley, Ladakh in 2012.

 



Chris Chadwell pictured on Fotu La - its arid slopes are typical habitat for ACANTHOLIMON  LYCOPODIOIDES

Photographed in Ladakh by Feroze Khan & Mudita Badwhar   © Feroze Khan & Mudita Badwhar  2010

Photographed in Ladakh by Feroze Khan & Mudita Badwhar   © Feroze Khan & Mudita Badwhar  2010

Photographed in Ladakh by Feroze Khan & Mudita Badwhar   © Feroze Khan & Mudita Badwhar  2010

Photographed in Ladakh by Feroze Khan & Mudita Badwhar   © Feroze Khan & Mudita Badwhar  2010

Specimens vary in the wild (as they would in cultivation) with the best being tight and compact but others being more open, even rather straggly.  It is thus useful to show examples such as above, which are not so showy.

Photographed at Kangi, Ladakh by Aaron Pérez-Haase  © Aaron Pérez-Haase  2013


SPECIES OF ACANTHOLIMON RECORDED  FROM  NORTH-WEST  HIMALAYA:

A.lycopodioides (Girard) Boiss. (syn. Statice lycopodioides Girard) 
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