Dwarf Griffith's Saxaul   
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Dwarf Griffith's Saxaul
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Dwarf Griffith's Saxaul
Botanical name: Haloxylon griffithii subsp. wakhanicum    Family: Chenopodiaceae (Cat tail family)
Synonyms: Haloxylon wakhanicum, Haloxylon thomsonii

Dwarf Griffith's Saxaul is a white-powdery, glaucous subshrub, 10-80 cm high, branched from base. Leaves are 4-5 mm long, linear broad-based, erect and incurved, floral leaves reduced on short spikes. Pink flowers are borne in spikes at branch ends, giving an impression of a panicle. Flowers are quite distant. Tepals are ovate, blunt, up to 1.5 mm long. Stamens are 5. Fruiting perianth wings are about 8 mm across, white to pinkish or yellowish. Dwarf Griffith's Saxaul is found in the Himalayas in Tibet and Kashmir, at altitudes above 3000 m.

Identification credit: Miroslav Dvorsky
Photographed at Magnetic Hill, Leh, Ladakh.
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