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17. Limonium callianthum (Peng) Kamelin, Novon. 3: 262. 1993.

美花补血草 mei hua bu xue cao

Limonium drepanostachyum Iknonnikov-Galitzky subsp. callianthum Peng, Guihaia 3: 292. 1983.

Herbs, perennial, 30--40 cm tall. Taproot red-brown. Caudex thickened, densely covered by persistent petiole bases. Leaves basal; leaf blade obovate-spatulate to spatulate, 2.5--5 X 1--2 cm including petiole, base attenuate, apex rounded to obtuse. Inflorescences usually solitary, paniculate; rachis terete, generally 3--5 X branched, without or with few sterile branches; spike 1, terminal, with (2--)5--8(--10) spikelets; spikelets 2--4-flowered; bracts broadly ovate, 1.5--2.5 mm, glabrous; first bractlet oblong ovate, 4.5--5.5 mm, glabrescent to partly pubescent. Calyx tubular-campanulate, 6.5--7 mm, densely pilose; tube ca. 1.3 mm in diam.; limb pale grayish purple to nearly white, lobes minute, veins dark purple. Corolla blue-purple. Fl. Jul-Sep, fr. Aug-Sep.

* Base of mountains; low elevations. SW Xinjiang

Limonium callianthum differs from L. drepanostachyum subsp. drepanostachyum from C Asia which has densely pubescent bracts and calyces, calyx 4.5--6 mm, and 3--7-flowered spikelets.


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