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20. Melanoseris oligolepis (C. C. Chang ex C. Shih) N. Kilian, Fl. China. 20-21: 224. 2011.

大理毛鳞菊 da li mao lin ju

Basionym: Cicerbita oligolepis C. C. Chang ex C. Shih, Acta Phytotax. Sin. 29: 398. 1991.

Herbs 0.6-1.3 m tall, perennial. Stem solitary, erect, apically branched and ± brownish pilose, leafy. Lower and middle stem leaves with petiole to 6 cm, unwinged; leaf blade obovate to oblanceolate, pinnatisect, margin faintly sinuate-dentate; lateral lobes 1 or 2 pairs, narrowly elliptic, 2.5-4 × 1-1.5 cm, apex acute to acuminate; terminal lobe ovate to lanceolate, 4-10 × 2-4 cm, apex acute to acuminate. Synflorescence narrowly paniculiform, with numerous capitula and capillaceous branches. Capitula with 4 florets; peduncle capillaceous. Involucre narrowly cylindric, 9-11 × ca. 2 mm. Phyllaries glabrous; outer phyllaries triangular-ovate to lanceolate, longest ca. 2 mm; inner phyllaries 4. Florets blue. Achene brown, narrowly ellipsoid, 4-5 mm, compressed, lateral ribs broadened, apex truncate. Pappus double, outer hairs to 0.1 mm, bristles ca. 7 mm. Fl. and fr. Aug.

● Forests on mountain slopes; 2100-3000 m. Yunnan (Dali).

Originally placed in Cicerbita, Melanoseris oligolepis is morphologically near and apparently closely related to the preceding four species.


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