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25. Aster meyendorffii (Regel & Maack) Voss, Vilm. Blumengärtn., ed. 3. 469. 1894.

砂狗娃花 sha gou wa hua

Galatella meyendorffii Regel & Maack, Mém. Acad. Imp. Sci. Saint Pétersbourg, Sér. 7, 4: 81. 1861; Aster ciliosus Kitamura; A. depauperatus H. Léveillé & Vaniot (1909), not Fernald (1908); Heteropappus hispidus (Thunberg) Lessing var. longiradiatus Komarov; H. magnicalathinus J. Q. Fu; H. meyendorffii (Regel & Maack) Komarov & Alissova-Klobukova; H. meyendorffii var. hirsutus Y. Ling & W. Wang; H. tataricus (Lindley ex Candolle) Tamamschjan var. hirsutus (Y. Ling & W. Wang) H. C. Fu.

Herbs, annual, 35-50 cm tall. Stems erect, striate, ± densely strigose or hispid, strigillose, usually branched from middle, branches ascending. Leaves: basal and lower cauline withered by anthesis, long petiolate, ovate or obovate-oblong, 5-6 × 2.5-3.5 cm, 3-veined, base attenuate, margin roughly crenate, apex obtuse or acute; middle cauline leaves sessile, abaxially pale green, adaxially green, narrowly oblong, 6-8 × 1-2 cm, strigose or adaxially glabrate, abaxial veins strigose, midvein and lateral veins slightly conspicuous on both surfaces, base gradually attenuate, margin coarsely serrate in upper part or entire, strigose-ciliate, apex obtuse or acute; upper leaves gradually smaller, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, 1-1.5 × ca. 0.3 cm, margin entire, 1-veined. Capitula terminal, solitary on branches, 30-50 mm in diam. Involucres hemispheric, 13-18 mm in diam.; phyllaries 2- or 3-seriate, leaflike, linear-lanceolate, 7-8 mm, apex acuminate, hispid, glandular, inner margin scarious in lower part. Ray florets blue-purple, tube ca. 1.8 mm, lamina linear-oblong, 14-17(-27) × 2-2.5 mm, apex 3-toothed or entire; disk florets yellow, ca. 5 mm, tube 1-1.5 mm, sparsely hairy, lobes unequal, 0.8-1.2 mm. Achenes of ray florets narrow, sterile, of disk oblong-obovate, compressed, densely silky. Pappus of ray florets few, short or sometimes absent, of disk florets reddish to reddish brown, of 25-35 bristles, 2-4.45 mm, unequal. Fl. Aug-Sep.

Sandy riverbanks, sandy hillside forest understories, grasslands on slopes; above 800 m. NE Gansu, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Nei Mongol, Shaanxi, Shanxi [Japan, Korea, E Russia].

This species is very decorative due to the presence of numerous large capitula.


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