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11. Saussurea depsangensis Pampanini, Lav. Ist. Bot. Reale Univ. Cagliari. 22 [Aggiunte Fl. Caracorùm]: 176. 1934.

昆仑雪兔子 kun lun xue tu zi

Herbs 2-5 cm tall, perennial, monocarpic, stemless or shortly stemmed. Taproot slender, fleshy. Rosette leaves shortly petiolate; leaf blade obovate, spatulate, or suborbicular, 1-3 × 0.5-1.4 cm, abaxially sparsely whitish lanate but glabrescent, adaxially densely lanate with yellowish brown or whitish articulate matted hairs in basal part but arachnoid floccose and glabrescent in apical part, base cuneate-attenuate, margin entire or sparsely denticulate, apex rounded to obtuse. Capitula numerous, in center of leaf rosette, in a hemispheric synflorescence 2-4 cm in diam., sessile. Involucre cylindric to campanulate, 4-8 mm in diam. Phyllaries in ca. 3 rows, subequal, apex acuminate; outer phyllaries narrowly ovate-oblong, 8-9 × 2-3 mm, herbaceous, apically densely yellowish brown lanate; middle and inner phyllaries narrowly oblong to linear, 7-9 × 1-2 mm, light brown, scarious, glabrous. Receptacle without bristles. Corolla rose-purple to purplish red, 9-10(-13) mm, tube 3.5-4 mm, limb 5-6 mm, lobes 2-2.5 mm. Achene (ripe) unknown, ca. 4 mm, glabrous. Pappus yellowish brown, in 1 row; bristles plumose, 0.9-1.1 cm. Fl. and fr. Aug-Sep.

Alpine scree slopes; 4800-5400 m. Qinghai, S Xinjiang, Xizang [Kashmir].


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