Capparis spinosa subsp. spinosa var. canescens Cosson (1849: 28). C. spinosa subsp. canescens (Coss.) A. Bolòs & O. Bolòs (1961: 88). C. ovata var. canescens (Coss.) Heywood; 
C. sicula Veill. in Duhamel (1801: 159). C. spinosa var. sicula (Veill.) Haussknecht (1893: 41). C. spinosa subsp. sicula (Veill.) Holmboe (1914: 92). C. ovata var. sicula (Veill.) Zohary (1960: 55). C. ovata subsp. sicula (Veill.) Pugnaire (1989: 121). Lectotype (designated by Inocencio et al. 2006): ‘‘Boccone’s image, Icones et descriptiones rariorum plantarum Siciliae, Melitae, Juliae et Italiae: 79. tab. 42. f. 3. 1674’’.
C. napaulensis Candolle (1824: 246). Type: NEPAL. s. l., 1821, Wallich s. n. (holotype G–DC), syn. nov.
C. leucophylla Candolle (1824: 246). C. spinosa var. leucophylla (DC.) Boissier (1867: 420). C. sicula subsp. leucophylla (DC.) Inocencio,
D. Rivera, Obón & Alcaraz in Inocencio et al. (2006: 142). Lectotype (designated by Inocencio et al. 2006): IRAQ. ‘‘Inter Bagdad
et Alep. Oliv. et Brug. (v.s. in Herb. Mus Par.)’’ (lectotype P).
C. obovata Royle (1839: 73). Type: INDIA. Kunawar, Hangoo, s. d., Royle s. n. (holotype DD), syn. nov.
C. ovata var. palaestina Zohary (1960: 56). Type: ISRAEL. Upper Galilee, Wadi Hindaj, 25 June 1954, Zohary 110 (holotype HUJ).
C. sicula subsp. sindiana Inocencio, D. Rivera, Obón & Alcaraz in Inocencio et al. (2006: 144). Type: Afghanistan . Barak, 26 August
1986, Lulman 92 (holotype K), syn. nov.
C. sicula subsp. mesopotamica Inocencio
Distribution:—Spain, France, Italy, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Turkey, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal. This variety has also been recorded in Lebanon, Turkmenistan (Blakelock & Townsend 1980) and Tunisia (Pottier–Alapetite 1979, Le Floc’h et al.2010) as per A taxonomic revision of the Capparis spinosa group (Capparaceae) from the Mediterraneanto Central Asia Phytotaxa 174 (1): 001–024 (2014) by SILVIO FICI;

Common name: Alpine Caper Bush • Hindi: Kabra कबरा • Ladakhi: ཀབརཱ་ Kabra
 


 

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Please help me to finalise the id of the attach species of Capparis
Spiny herb, spines near leaf base
Recorded from: Kishtwar Dist, J & K
Elevation: 1050m
Flw: August 2011


I hope Capparis sicula subsp. leucophylla (DC.) Inocencio, D.Rivera, Obón & Alcaraz

(syn: Capparis leucophylla DC.)


… How did you come to the ID? Is the plnt reported in that area. Will you please elaborate some general information etc.to a novice like me regarding this plant.
… Did you find the plant in river beds? High mountains/plains of J&K?
These questions are due to the similarity of a plant observed by me in Spiti valley Capparis spinosa. A variety(Or similar plant) of which is also seen in Western ghats river beds


Thanks … for prompting me to do some more research. My earlier identification was based on Flora Simlensis, which covers the plants of neighbouring similar area, the Himalayan species, C. leucophylla DC. The correct name for this is now Capparis sicula subsp. leucophylla (DC.) Inocencio, D.Rivera, Obón & Alcaraz 

My further investigation led me to find from eFl of Pakistan that C. leucophylla of Collet (Flora Simlensis) is different species not original C. leucophylla DC, and for this Himalayan plant, a new name was given Capparis himalayensis Jafri in Pak. J. For. 6: 197, t. 1. f. lb with map. 1956. So our plant is now to be named as C. himalayensis.
It is different from C. spinosa in posterior sepal forming a large hood not found in C. spinosa. It also has broader larger leaves and smaller spines.
Thanks … for initiating further insight into this Himalayan plant


I agree with … its a Capparis himalayensis

The plant is recorded from the elevation about 1050 m on the hanging on hill slopes in shady area near the village Darabshala in J&K.


Capparis spinosa subsp. spinosa var. canescens Cosson as per latest revision A taxonomic revision of the Capparis spinosa group (Capparaceae) from the Mediterraneanto Central Asia Phytotaxa 174 (1): 001–024 (2014)


 

 

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Though this plant; the only Capparaceae member observed in Ladakh and Spiti valley is also called as Capparis spinosa it appears quite different with larger sized leaves and flowers.


Will it be appropriate to call this as Capparis spinosa var. himalayensis ?


Yes … you have raised a valid question. Is plant found in lower Himalayas and in Laddakh same?? One more querry


efi page on Capparis himalayensis (Syn. Capparis spinosa var. himalayensis (Jafri) Jacob) with keys


Pictures look different from Capparis himalayensis Jafri & matches with other images at Capparis spinosa L.


To me also appear close to images at Capparis spinosa subsp. himalayensis


Capparis spinosa subsp. spinosa var. canescens Cosson as per latest revision A taxonomic revision of the Capparis spinosa group (Capparaceae) from the Mediterraneanto Central Asia Phytotaxa 174 (1): 001–024 (2014)


 

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Capparis spinosa from Ladakh (14/06/2011 NSJ-01): capparis spinosa from Ladakh. Pl validate.

Photo taken in June-11 

Yes .. I had collected it perhaps from Bodh Khabu. Its local name is KABRA


To me appear close to images at Capparis spinosa subsp. himalayensis


Capparis spinosa subsp. spinosa var. canescens Cosson as per latest revision A taxonomic revision of the Capparis spinosa group (Capparaceae) from the Mediterraneanto Central Asia Phytotaxa 174 (1): 001–024 (2014)


 

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Request Plant ID – Spiti Valley:  Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh


Capparis spinosa
Family Capparaceae
I had seen the same plant at several spaces in the region of Moon scapes during our visit to Spiti 2 years back in Jul Aug


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Capparis spinosa subsp. spinosa var. canescens Cosson as per latest revision A taxonomic revision of the Capparis spinosa group (Capparaceae) from the Mediterraneanto Central Asia Phytotaxa 174 (1): 001–024 (2014)


 

 

Capparis sp? 011111-PKA3: Seen this prostrate, spiny Shrub at Village Turtuk (Ladakh).
I think this could be Capparis spinosa??
Date/Time: 19-09-2011/7:30AM
Location: Turtuk, Ladakh.
Habitat: Wild.

yes looks like C spinosa


Does not Capparis have those long stamened flowers???


Nice picture of dehisced fruit, … It looks like Capparis spinosa to me too.


To me appear close to images and details at Capparis spinosa subsp. himalayensis


Now Capparis spinosa subsp. spinosa var. canescens as per details and references herein.

 

Capparaceae and Cleomaceae Fortnight:: Capparis spinosa from Tiuni Area Uttarakhand: BS-3 : Attachments (10). 2 posts by 2 authors.

Capparis spinosa from Tiuni Area Uttarakhand.
Shot During the recent tour to Chakrata Region


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Capparis spinosa subsp. spinosa var. canescens Cosson as per latest revision A taxonomic revision of the Capparis spinosa group (Capparaceae) from the Mediterraneanto Central Asia Phytotaxa 174 (1): 001–024 (2014)


 

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This pendulous rocky shrub with attractive, large flowers was recorded from Tiuni region during our recent visit (Aug’13) to the area
Capparis spinosa L. 


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Capparis spinosa subsp. spinosa var. canescens Cosson as per latest revision A taxonomic revision of the Capparis spinosa group (Capparaceae) from the Mediterraneanto Central Asia Phytotaxa 174 (1): 001–024 (2014)


 

Sharing photographs of dehisced fruit of  Capparis spinosa.  
Location: at Village Turtuk (Ladakh).
Date/Time: 19-09-2011/7:30AM
Habitat: Wild.


To me appear close to images and details at Capparis spinosa subsp. himalayensis


Capparis spinosa subsp. spinosa var. canescens Cosson as per latest revision A taxonomic revision of the Capparis spinosa group (Capparaceae) from the Mediterraneanto Central Asia Phytotaxa 174 (1): 001–024 (2014)

 

Capparaceae and Cleomaceae Fortnight : Capparis Spinosa. (NSJ-06 06/09/2013) :  Attachments (4). 5 posts by 4 authors.

Capparis spinosa from Ladakh


Nice photos. I had seen these plants few years back @ Leh.
Someone clicked the same plant from Maharashtra on the fort walls, posted in this forum


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Capparis spinosa subsp. spinosa var. canescens Cosson as per latest revision A taxonomic revision of the Capparis spinosa group (Capparaceae) from the Mediterraneanto Central Asia Phytotaxa 174 (1): 001–024 (2014)

 

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Capparis spinosa | Chakrata :  Attachments (1). 1 post by 1 author.

Capparis spinosa
Capparaceae
Chakrata, Uttarakhand
Aug., 2013


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Capparis spinosa subsp. spinosa var. canescens Cosson as per latest revision A taxonomic revision of the Capparis spinosa group (Capparaceae) from the Mediterraneanto Central Asia Phytotaxa 174 (1): 001–024 (2014)


 

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Please ID : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Plaese help me identify this plant from himachal pradesh.
the photos were clicked from a place called Theog on saturday 5th December, 2015. the plant has curved thorns and flowers are white when fresh but turn to pink when they are withering. 


This looks like Capparis spinosawhich hangs from dry hillocks in the area..


To me appear close to images and details at Capparis spinosa subsp. himalayensis


Capparis spinosa subsp. spinosa var. canescens Cosson as per latest revision A taxonomic revision of the Capparis spinosa group (Capparaceae) from the Mediterraneanto Central Asia Phytotaxa 174 (1): 001–024 (2014)


 

 

Capparis spinosa at Thicksey — Leh, Ladakh- July-PKA-25 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Capparis spinosa at Thicksey — Leh, Ladakh


Yes … I saw my collection (Herbarium) of 1971 from Ladakh

It is locally known as Kabra


Thanks … Nice to know that you have very good Herbarium collection from Ladakh… Do share with us…


Yes … I have desperately been planing to visit in last few years, because those days with (1970-1975) film cameras, capturing plants was a luxury we could not afford. Age, lack of proper company are coming in way.


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Capparis spinosa subsp. spinosa var. canescens Cosson as per latest revision A taxonomic revision of the Capparis spinosa group (Capparaceae) from the Mediterraneanto Central Asia Phytotaxa 174 (1): 001–024 (2014)

 

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Capparis spinosa L. : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Sharing some pictures of Capparis spinosa L.   ????? shot at the Sangam Leh on 20 August 2014.


yes


Yes for me too …!!


Nepali Names : बनभेँडो Banbhendaa / बाघ मुख Baagh Mukh / केरारुवा Keraaruwaa 


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NSD – 3, June 2018, Capparaceae member for ID : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
This Capparaceae member is from Laddakh, Nubra Valley, on way Hunder – Turtuk road, spreading on the barren ground.
Please help me to id it.

Hunder, J&K, India.
8 June 2018

It looks very close to Capparis spinosa which is seen here in Oman.
Please check.

Yes it is Capparis spinosa as suggested by … and confirmed by some friends in another group

To me also appear close to images at Capparis spinosa L.  


To me appear close to images and details at Capparis spinosa subsp. himalayensis


Capparis spinosa subsp. spinosa var. canescens Cosson as per latest revision A taxonomic revision of the Capparis spinosa group (Capparaceae) from the Mediterraneanto Central Asia Phytotaxa 174 (1): 001–024 (2014)


Capparis spinosa
The only species of Capparidaceae mentioned in “Flowers of the Himalaya” by Polunin and Stainton
Was observed near Kaza at some places in Spiti valley on way to Dhankar monastery.
A straggling spreading shrubby plant with white flowers.


Lovely pic. It is also known as Cape brush (look at the flowers)


we seem to have found similar flowers – here are my photos of what I think could also be Capparis spinosa. Attachments (2)


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Capparis spinosa subsp. spinosa var. canescens Cosson as per latest revision A taxonomic revision of the Capparis spinosa group (Capparaceae) from the Mediterraneanto Central Asia Phytotaxa 174 (1): 001–024 (2014)


 
Sharing pictures of Capparis spinosa from Muscat, Oman.


Capparis spinosa subsp. spinosa var. canescens Cosson as per latest revision A taxonomic revision of the Capparis spinosa group (Capparaceae) from the Mediterraneanto Central Asia Phytotaxa 174 (1): 001–024 (2014)


Caper for ID : 160111 : AK-1: Pictures taken at Muscat, Oman in February, 07 on a mountain slope. It was a very small plant.

Some Capparis species


may be Capparis spinosa 


… to me too looks like Capparis spinosa.


Capparis spinosa subsp. spinosa var. canescens Cosson as per latest revision A taxonomic revision of the Capparis spinosa group (Capparaceae) from the Mediterraneanto Central Asia Phytotaxa 174 (1): 001–024 (2014)


Capparis spinosa in FOI : 3 posts by 2 authors.
Capparis spinosa in FOI is Capparis spinosa subsp. spinosa var. parviflora (Boiss.) Boissier as per A taxonomic revision of the Capparis spinosa group (Capparaceae) from the Mediterraneanto Central Asia Phytotaxa 174 (1): 001–024 (2014) by SILVIO FICI

Thanks …, I think it should be Capparis spinosa subsp. spinosa var. canescens Cosson because in that paper that is the only species found above 3000 m altitude. The spiny mucronate leaves agree too.


Thanks, … You are right, I made a mistake while writing. 

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