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2. Fordiophyton degeneratum (C. Chen) Y. F. Deng & T. L. Wu, Novon. 14: 429. 2004.

败蕊无距花 bai rui wu ju hua

Stapfiophyton degeneratum C. Chen, Bull. Bot. Res., Harbin 4(3): 58. 1984.

Herbs 7-20 cm tall, stoloniferous, erect or repent. Stems succulent, terete, usually slightly red, densely puberulous. Petiole 2-2.5 cm; leaf blade ovate to broadly ovate, 5-8(-9) × 3-4(-6) cm, membranous to subpapery, abaxially puberulous and sparsely strigose, adaxially strigose and densely pilose with base sometimes having white spots, secondary veins 3 or 4 on each side of midvein, base truncate to cordate, margin shallowly serrulate with each tooth having a terminal seta, apex acuminate to obtuse. Pedicel ca. 1 mm but 2-3 mm in fruit, puberulous and with sparse glandular trichomes. Calyx lobes broadly triangular, apex acute with a setose tip. Petals pink, red, or purplish red, obovate-elliptic to oblong, 6-8 × 2-3.5 mm, slightly oblique, with sparse glandular trichomes, apex acute to long acute. Stamens 8, outer whorl fertile, inner whorl sterile. Fertile stamens ca. 1.3 cm; anthers lanceolate-oblong, ca. 6 mm. Sterile stamens filiform, 6-10 mm. Ovary ovoid, apex truncate and with a membranous 4-lobed crown, crown margin abruptly denticulate. Capsule broadly ovate, 4-sided, 4-lobed; hypanthium ca. 4 × 4 mm, with glandular trichomes. Fl. Apr-May, fr. Jun.

● Sparse forests, valleys, damp and shaded places, streamsides, open places, rock crevices; 200-300 m. Guangdong, Guangxi.


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