21. Parnassia venusta Z. P. Jien, Acta Phytotax. Sin. 8: 257. 1963.
娇媚梅花草 jiao mei mei hua cao
Stem usually 1, 3-8 cm, with 1 leaf near middle or distally. Basal leaves 3-5(-8); petiole slender, 1.5-3.5 cm; leaf blade abaxially greenish, adaxially deep green, reniform, 9-10 × 8-9 mm, arcuate 3-5 veined, base deeply cordate, apex rounded-obtuse, apiculate. Cauline leaf sessile, semiamplexicaul, ovate-cordate or ovate-triangular, ca. 3 mm, base often with a few caducous, rusty brown appendages. Flower 6-10 mm in diam.; hypanthium shortly turbinate. Sepals spreading, brown punctate, ovate-oblong or oblong, 3-4 × 1.5-2 mm, 1-veined, base attenuate, apex obtuse. Petals white, brown punctate, obovate-lanceolate, 5-6 × 3-4 mm, base contracted into a claw 1-1.2 mm, margin shortly fimbriate proximally, entire or erose distally, apex rounded-obtuse, sometimes emarginate or indistinctly crenate. Anthers ellipsoid, ca. 0.8 mm; filaments ca. 2 mm; staminodes broadly spatulate, flat, ca. 2.5 mm, lamina ca. 1.2 mm, slightly shorter than stalk, 3-lobed, central lobe narrower than lateral ones. Ovary ovoid, proximally sunken into hypanthium for ca. 1/3 its length; style short; stigma 3-lobed. Capsule unknown. Fl. Aug-Sep.
* Grassy slopes; 3600-4000 m. NW Yunnan (Dêqên Xian, Gongshan Drung-Nu Zu Zizhixian).