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Chirita longii Z. Y. Li, Novon. 12: 492. 2002.

Herbs perennial, stemless. Rhizome obconic, to 25 X 14 mm, internodes inconspicuous. Leaves 3-8, crowded at apex of rhizome, opposite, petiolate; blades oblanceolate, 1.5-2.5 X 0.4-0.9 cm, herbaceous, adaxially dark green, paler abaxially, both surfaces appressed white puberulous, base decurrent, margin remotely undulate or undulate-crenate, apex acute to obtuse; lateral veins 3 pairs, inconspicuous; petioles 5-10 X 1-2.5 mm, velutinous. Inflorescence of 1 or 2 cymes from axils of crowded leaves, each 1-flowered; peduncles 12-23 mm, densely pubescent; bract 1, linear, 3-3.5 X ca. 0.5 mm, both surfaces densely pubescent; pedicels 3-4 mm, densely pubescent. Calyx 5-parted from base, segments linear, unequal, 8-12 X 0.8-1.2 mm, outside densely pubescent, inside sparsely puberulent, margin entire, apex acuminate. Corolla lilac purple, ca. 4.3 cm, outside sparsely puberulous, inside glabrous; tube ca. 2.7 cm, ca. 1 cm in diam. at mouth; upper lip ca. 16 mm, 2-lobed, lobes suborbicular; lower lip ca. 16 mm, 3-lobed, each lobe oblong. Stamens 2; filaments narrowly linear, adnate for ca. 12 mm to corolla base, ca. 12 mm, geniculate above base, to 0.5 mm wide, 0.3 mm wide apically, upper part puberulent, lower glabrous; anthers elliptic, ca. 2.5 mm, glabrous. Staminodes 2, narrowly linear, adnate for ca. 14 mm to corolla base, ca. 2.5 mm, glabrous. Disc annular, ca. 0.6 mm, margin lobed, glabrous. Pistil ca. 23 mm, densely puberulous, ovary linear, ca. 8 X 0.8 mm; lower lobe of stigma obtrapezoid, ca. 1.2 mm, 2-parted, each lobe oblong-lanceolate, ca. 0.9 mm. Fruit unknown. Fl. Jan.

* Limestone cliffs; ca. 350 m. Guangxi.

Name appeared after publication of the family treatment for the Flora of China.


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