50. Primula sinensis Sabine ex Lindley, Coll. Bot. t. 7. 1821. non Loureiro (1790).
藏报春 zang bao chun
Auganthus praenitens Link; Oscaria chinensis Lilja; Primula mandarina Hoffmannsegg; P. praenitens Ker Gawler; P. semperflorens Loiseleur-Deslongchamps ex Steudel; P. sertulosa Kickx f.; Primulidium sinense (Sabine ex Lindley) Spach.
Herbs perennial, with copious multicellular hairs, usually without remains of old leaves at base. Leaves forming a rosette; petiole 10--20 cm, succulent, vaginate at base; leaf blade broadly ovate to subrotund, 4--12 cm wide, base cordate, palmately lobed to 1/2 its width; lobes 7--9, oblong to ovate, margin coarsely dentate to incised-lobulate; lobules serrate. Scapes 10--30 cm; umbels 1 terminal, or 2 or 3 superimposed, 3--12-flowered; bracts lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, 1--3 cm. Pedicel 2--5(--7) cm. Flowers heterostylous. Calyx 0.8--1.5 cm, enlarging to 2 cm in fruit, inflated at base, subglobose, parted to 1/3--2/5; lobes ovate-triangular, often with unequal teeth, apex acute. Corolla pink to rose or lilac; tube slightly longer than calyx, pubescent outside; limb 1.5--4 cm wide; lobes broadly obovate, emarginate. Pin flowers: stamens near middle of corolla tube; style ca. as long as tube. Thrum flowers with positions reciprocal. Capsule globose, 8--9 mm in diam., shorter than calyx. Fl. Dec-Feb. 2n = 22@, 24@, 36@, 48@.
* Shaded areas in ravines, mixed forests; ca. 1000 m. Guizhou (Anshun Xian), Sichuan (Emei Shan)
After publication, it was noted by Kanchi Gandhi (IPNI, pers. comm.),
that Primulidium sinense Spach (1840) is nom superfl. for P. praenitens Ker Gawler (1821); therefore, "Primula praenitens Ker Gawler (1821)" appears to be the correct name for this complex.