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P Native Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Safrawi
Botanical name: Dipterygium glaucum    Family: Cleomaceae (Spider Flower family)
Synonyms: Dipterygium scabrum, Pteroloma arabicum

Safrawi is a much branched undershrubs, up to 60 cm tall, hairless rarely glandular, woody at the base; branches slender, round, apparently leafless. Leaves are elliptic-oblong, 3-10 mm long, 2-3 mm broad (incl. 0.5-1 mm long leaf-stalk), somewhat fleshy, hairless (basal and lower leaves in young plants broader and with longer leaf-stalk). Flowers are minute, borne in lax ebracteate or bracteate racemes; flower-stalks 2-3 mm long, thread-like. Sepals are 1.5-2 mm long, 0.7 mm broad, ovate-oblong, pointed or tapering. Petals are 3-4 mm long, 1.5-2 mm wide, ovate-elliptic, tip blunt, yellowish. Stamens 6, alike, about as long as the petals; filaments simple, linear, anthers about 1 mm long, ovoid. Fruits are 3-6 mm long, 2.5-6 mm broad, Safrawi is found in Arabia, Egypt, Sudan and W. Pakistan and India.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed in Sudasari Sand Dunes, Rajasthan.

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