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3. Atraphaxis canescens Bunge, Index Sem. Hort. Dorpat. 3. 1839.

糙叶木蓼 cao ye mu liao

Shrubs dwarf, 5-10 cm tall. Stem stout; woody branches without leaves at apex, acuminate to spiny, with gray-brown bark; herbaceous branchlets of current year slender, with dense papillate hairs, apex with leaves or flowers. Leaves gray or gray-green, ovate or broadly elliptic, 5-6 × 4-5 mm, both surfaces with papillate hairs, reticulate veins prominent abaxially, base broadly cuneate and gradually narrowing into a short petiole, apex obtuse, with a short point; ocrea cylindric, 4-5 mm, base green with dense papillate hairs, upper part membranous, cleft into 2 slender teeth. Pedicel 5-6 mm, jointed at upper portion. Flowers in racemes at apices of herbaceous branchlets. Tepals dark pink, with white margins; outer tepals ovate, smaller, ca. as long as or slightly shorter than above joint portion of pedicel; inner tepals orbicular-reniform, 4-5 × 5-6 mm, margin entire, slightly undulate, with raised reticulate veins. Achenes light brown, shiny, ovoid, smooth. Fl. and fr. May-Jun.

Sandhills; 500-1500 m. Xinjiang [Kazakhstan].


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