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Aphragmus bouffordii Al-Shehbaz, Harvard Papers in Botany. 8: 26. 2003.

Herbs perennial, 1--5 cm tall; taproot somewhat fleshy; caudex simple, not covered with petiolar bases of previous years. Stems 1 or few from caudex, erect, branched above, minutely puberulent with simple and forked minute trichomes 0.03--0.07 mm long. Basal leaves rosulate, subfleshy, glabrous or sparsely puberulent at margin; petiole 3--10 mm; leaf blade spatulate, oblanceolate, or oblong, 3--10 X 1.5--3 mm, base cuneate, margin entire, apex obtuse. Cauline leaves nearly all bracts, sessile, subfleshy, glabrous, narrowly oblong to oblong-oblanceolate, 4--10 X 1--2 mm, reduced in size upward, base attenuate, margin entire, apex obtuse. Racemes bracteate throughout, subumbellate in fruit; bracts narrowly oblanceolate. Fruiting pedicels erect or ascending, 2--7 mm, puberulent adaxially, glabrous abaxially. Sepals green with white margin, oblong, 1.5--2 X 0.7--1 mm, sparsely puberulent, persistent to fruit maturity. Petals pink fading white, spatulate, 1.8--2.5 X 0.7--1 mm, apex rounded; claw 1--1.5 mm. Filaments ca. 1.5 mm; anthers ca. 0.2 mm. Ovules 8--12 per ovary. Fruit elliptic-oblong, 5--7 X 1.5--2 mm, compressed, sessile, glabrous; septum complete; style ca. 0.3 mm. Seeds ovate, 0.9--1 X 0.6--0.7 mm, biseriate. Fl., fr. Jul.

* Scree slopes, alpine meadows, rocky slopes; 3400-5300 m. Xizang.

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


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