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4. Ammannia coccinea Rottbøll, Descr. Icon. Rar. Pl. 7. 1773.

长叶水苋菜 chang ye shui xian cai

Herbs, annual, to 60[-100] cm tall. Stems branched. Leaves opposite, sessile, linear-lanceolate, 1.6-8 cm × 3[-15] mm, glaucescent, base cordate to auriculate, clasping. Flowers (1-)3-5 in axillary cymes; pedicels ca. 2 mm; peduncle absent to 9 mm; bracteoles reaching floral tube. Floral tube urceolate, 3-5 mm; sepals 4(or 5), broadly deltate; epicalyx segments thickened, ca. as long as sepals. Petals 4(or 5), rose-purple, obovate, ca. 2 mm. Stamens 4(-7), slightly exserted. Style ca. as long as or longer than ovary, well-exserted. Capsules 3.5-5 mm in diam., equal to or exceeding floral tube, rarely included. Fl. Jul-Oct, fr. Aug-Nov. 2n = 66.

Naturalized. SW Taiwan (Tainan) [native to North America].


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