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23. Spiradiclis "microcarpa" H. S. Lo, Bull. Bot. Res., Har­bin. 18: 276. 1998.

小果螺序草 xiao guo luo xu cao

Herbs, apparently ascending, presumably perennial, often turning yellow when dry; stems glabrous. Petiole 3-4.5 cm, glabrous; leaf blade drying papery, adaxially leaden gray, obovate or elliptic-obovate, 5-8 × 3-4 cm, both surfaces glabrous, base obtuse then decurrent, apex obtuse to acute; secondary veins 6 or 7 pairs; stipules persistent, triangular to lanceolate, ca. 4 mm, glabrous, obtuse to acute. Inflorescences and flowers not seen. Infructescence paniculate, glabrous, branched dichasially to several orders; peduncle ca. 10 cm; branched portion ca. 4 cm; bracts narrowly triangular, 2-5 mm. Capsules subsessile, linear-oblong to oblanceoloid, ca. 2 × 0.5-0.6 mm, glabrous or puberulent, valves 4, becoming twisted. Fr. Jul.

● Shady places on limestone hills; ca. 100 m. Guangxi (Daxin).

The name Spiradiclis "microcarpa" was not validly published by H. S. Lo (loc. cit.) because what should have been the indication of type merely cited "Guangxi: Daxin, circ. 100 m alt[.], non collecolector [sic!] s. n." without using the word "holotype" or "type" or an equivalent and without specifying the herbarium in which the type was conserved (Vienna Code, Art. 37.6 and 37.7). It has not been possible to locate a specimen from the gathering cited by Lo.


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