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Desideria mieheorum Al-Shehbaz, Novon. 15: 1. 2005.

Perennial herbs 5-15 cm tall, densely pilose throughout; trichomes simple, straight, 1-2 mm; caudex thick, covered with remains of previous years; stems simple. Leaves basal and cauline, not fleshy; petiole 2-4.5 cm, pilose; leaf blade broadly obovate to spatulate, 1.5-3 X 0.7-1.5 cm, pilose, base cuneate to attenuate, margin dentate, apex acute. Racemes 5-9-flowered, ebracteate; fruiting pedicels slender, ascending, straight to curved, 0.8-2.5 cm, spreading pilose. Sepals free, oblong, 5-6 X 1.5-2 mm, often persistent to fruit maturity, densely pilose, base not saccate, margin membranous. Petals blue, broadly spatulate, 10-13 X 3-4 mm, apex obtuse; claw 6-7 mm. Filaments blue, slightly dilated at base, median pair 5-6 mm, lateral pair 3-4 mm; anthers oblong, 1-1.3 mm. Ovules 10-16 per ovary. Fruit lanceolate to lanceolate-linear, 1.5-4 cm X 5-8 mm, strongly flattened parallel to septum; valves densely pilose, distinctly veined; septum complete, membranous; style slender, 5-7 mm, glabrous; stigma entire. Seeds dark brown, ovoid, 2.5-3 X 1.5-2 mm, biseriate, minutely reticulate; cotyledon accumbent.

* Pioneer on frost debris; 5480-5600 m. Xizang.

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


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