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119. Saussurea deserticola H. C. Fu, J. Inner Mongolia Inst. Agric. Anim. Husb. 1: 50. 1981.

荒漠风毛菊 huang mo feng mao ju

Herbs 30-40 cm tall, perennial. Caudex stout, apically covered with blackish brown remains of old petioles. Stem solitary, erect, apically branched. Lower stem leaves petiolate; petiole 1-2 cm, winged, base semiamplexicaul; leaf blade ovate to narrowly ovate-elliptic in outline, 5-9 × 1.5-2 cm, bipinnately parted; segments 11-13 pairs, linear, needlelike, 2-12 × 1-3 mm, both surfaces arachnoid and densely glandular, apex obtuse to acute. Middle and upper stem leaves gradually smaller upward on stem, linear, undivided, margin subentire to dentate. Capitula many, in a paniculiform or corymbiform synflorescence, pedunculate. Involucre campanulate, 7-12 mm in diam. Phyllaries in 5-7 rows, apical half and margin purple, arachnoid pubescent, midvein dark; outer phyllaries ovate, apex obtuse or mucronate; middle phyllaries oblong-elliptic, apex acute; inner phyllaries narrowly elliptic to linear, apex obtuse. Receptacle bristles 1.5-6 mm. Corolla rose-purple, ca. 1.4 cm, tube ca. 6 mm, limb ca. 8 mm. Achene dark green, obconic, 3.5-4 mm, 4-angled, sparsely glandular, apically squamulose, apex with an obtusely dentate crown. Pappus white; outer bristles short; inner bristles 1-1.1 cm. Fl. Sep.

● Desert areas; 1300-1400 m. Nei Mongol (Ih Ju Meng).

No specimens of Saussurea deserticola were seen by the present authors, and the description here is based on the treatment by H. C. Fu (in Ma, Fl. Intramongol., ed. 2, 4: 749. 1993).


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