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3. Fordiophyton peperomiifolium (Oliver) Hansen, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat., B, Adansonia. 14: 425. 1993.

无距花 wu ju hua

Sonerila peperomiifolia Oliver, Icon. Pl. 19: t. 1814. 1889; Gymnagathis peperomiifolia (Oliver) Stapf; Stapfiophyton peperomiifolium (Oliver) H. L. Li.

Herbs, succulent. Root stock ca. 1 cm thick, with densely fibrous roots. Stems very short, densely brown hirsute. Leaves in a basal or sub-basal rosette of 3 or 4; petiole 4-14(-20) cm, densely hispid, with glandular trichomes, or rarely glabrescent; leaf blade ovate, ovate-elliptic, or broadly ovate, 5.5-11 × 3-7.5 cm, papery to submembranous, abaxially usually purple and setose on veins, adaxially with white spots and tuberculate after shedding of dense trichomes, secondary veins 3 or 4 on each side of midvein, base subcordate, cordate, or rarely rounded, margin denticulate with each tooth having a terminal seta, apex broadly acute. Inflorescences compound cymes, hirsute on nodes otherwise glabrous; peduncle 14-35 cm. Pedicel to 1.2 cm but to 1.9 cm in fruit, with sparse glandular trichomes and puberulous. Calyx lobes triangular, ca. 1.7 × 0.8 cm, oblique, apex acute to shortly acuminate with a setose tip. Longer stamens ca. 2.5 cm; anthers oblong-linear, ca. 1.2 cm. Shorter stamens ca. 1.2 cm; anthers oblong, ca. 4.5 mm. Ovary oblong, apex truncate and with a membranous ciliate crown. Capsule funnel-shaped, 4-sided, 8-ribbed, ± hispid, apex truncate. Fl. Mar-Apr, fr. Apr.

● Low hills, damp places, moist soil on stones. Guangdong.


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