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1. Rhabdothamnopsis sinensis Hemsley in Dunn, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 35: 517. 1903.

长冠苣苔 chang guan ju tai

Boea cavaleriei H. Léveillé & Vaniot; B. rubicunda H. Léveillé; Rhabdothamnopsis chinensis (Franchet) Handel-Mazzetti; R. chinensis var. ochroleuca (W. W. Smith) Handel-Mazzetti; R. limprichtiana Lingelsheim & Borza; R. sinensis var. ochroleuca W. W. Smith; Streptocarpus chinensis Franchet.

Leaves sometimes crowded near stem apex; petiole subsessile to 9 mm; leaf blade narrowly elliptic to ovate or obovate, 1-4 X (0.5-)0.8-2.6 cm, puberulent, margin serrulate to crenulate, apex acute to rounded, rarely acuminate; lateral veins 3-5 on each side of midrib. Peduncle 0.8-2.8 cm, densely pub- erulent to pilose. Calyx segments narrowly lanceolate to nar-rowly triangular, 5-7 X 0.6-1 mm, outside puberulent. Corolla purple to blue or white to pale yellow, with purple stripes, 1.9-3.9 X 0.7-1.3 cm, outside puberulent; tube 1.3-3 cm; adaxial lip 2-6 mm, lobes suborbicular, 1.5-4 mm; abaxial lip 0.5-1.5 cm, lobes oblong to suborbicular, 4-8 mm. Filaments 3-10 mm, bearded; staminodes ca. 2.5 mm. Pistil 1.5-2.5 cm, glandular puberulent. Capsule (1-)1.5-2.5 cm. Fl. May-Aug, fr. Jun-Oct.

* Limestone in forests; 1600-4600 m. W Guizhou, W and SW Sichuan, C and N Yunnan.

Boea esquirolii H. Léveillé & Vaniot (Bull. Soc. Bot. France 53: 551. 1906) is probably a synonym of Rhabdothamnopsis sinensis; however, since the type has never been found, we cannot be sure of this placement.


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