37. Chirita fordii (Hemsley) D. Wood, Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh. 31: 371. 1972.
桂粤唇柱苣苔 gui yue chun zhu ju tai
Perennials, stemless. Rhizome internodes inconspicuous. Leaves basal, opposite; petiole 0.5-5 cm X 2-5 mm; leaf blade ovate to elliptic or obovate, 5.5-11 X 2.5-7 cm, herbaceous, adaxially appressed puberulent (hairs 0.2-0.9 mm) and sparsely villous (hairs 2-5 mm), eglandular, abaxially densely puberulent and appressed pilose, base slightly oblique, cuneate to nearly rounded, margin entire to shallowly crenate or denticulate, apex obtuse to abruptly acuminate; lateral veins ca. 4 on each side of midrib, inconspicuous. Cymes 2-8-flowered; peduncle 3.5-13 cm, spreading pubescent to pilose; bracts 2, free, linear-lanceolate to narrowly triangular, 3-9 X 0.5-2 mm, pubescent to pilose, margin entire, apex obtuse to acute. Pedicel 3-16 mm, pubescent to spreading pilose. Calyx 5-sect from base; segments equal, lanceolate-linear to narrowly triangular, 3.5-9 X 0.8-1.5 mm, outside pubescent to pilose, inside glabrous to puberulent, margin entire, apex obtuse to acute. Corolla pink to purple with a purple spot on adaxial lip, 2.1-3.9 cm, outside sparsely puberulent, inside sparsely pubescent on purple spot and lines; tube nearly tubular, 1.5-2.6 cm X 6-8 mm; adaxial lip 3-5.5 mm; abaxial lip 7-9 mm. Filaments 7-11 mm, sparsely puberulent; anthers fused by entire adaxial surfaces, 2.5-3.5 mm, glabrous to sparsely puberulent; staminodes 2, ca. 5 mm. Pistil 1.2-3.7 cm, puberulent; ovary 0.6-1.7 cm. Stigma cuneate to linear, 1-3.5 mm, 2-lobed. Capsule erect, 1.4-3 cm. Fl. Apr, Jul, Aug, fr. Aug-Oct.
* Rocky streamsides in forested valleys; 400-1100 m. N and S Guangdong, E Guangxi, Guizhou, NW Hunan, E and SE Sichuan.