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6. Edgeworthia Meisner, Pl. Vasc. Gen. 1: 330, 2: 242. 1841.

结香属 jie xiang shu

Authors: Yinzheng Wang & Michael G. Gilbert

Shrubs, deciduous, much branched. Leaves alternate, usually clustered apically; petiole short; leaf blade narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, thickly membranous. Inflorescence terminal or axillary, densely capitate; peduncle long or short; involucre present; bracts caducous, small. Flowers bisexual, 4-merous; pedicel present, articulate. Calyx tube cylindric, incurved, interior yellow or white, exterior densely white pilose; lobes 4, spreading. Petaloid appendages absent. Stamens twice as many as calyx lobes, in two series; filaments very short. Disk cup-shaped, lobed. Ovary sessile, pilose, 1-loculed; style long, sometimes puberulous; stigma rounded or clavate, papillose. Fruit dry or slightly succulent, base enclosed by persistent calyx.

Five species: Asia; four species (three endemic) in China.

1 Leaves deciduous, absent at flowering.   3 E. chrysantha
+ Leaves evergreen or biennial, present at flowering   (2)
2 (1) Inflorescences 10-17-flowered.   1 E. eriosolenoides
+ Inflorescences 30-50-flowered   (3)
3 (2) Calyx interior yellow; ovary uniformly hairy; stigma rounded.   2 E. gardneri
+ Calyx interior white; ovary base glabrous, apex hairy; stigma clavate.   4 E. albiflora

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