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Chamaesium Wolff


Description from Flora of China

Herbs, perennial, small, glabrous. Stem solitary, ribbed, base usually covered by papery dark purple-brown remnant sheaths. Leaf blade oblong, pinnate; pinnae opposite, sessile, ovate to orbicular, entire or 3–6-lobed to serrate. Umbels compound, terminal and lateral. Bracts absent or few; rays unequal; bracteoles absent or few; pedicels many, short. Calyx teeth minute, semi-orbicular or ovate-triangular. Petals white, yellowish or greenish, obovate or suborbicular, base narrow, apex nearly plane, usually not inflexed. Stylopodium depressed, margins conspicuously extended into a broad undulate flange. Fruit ellipsoid-oblong, base slightly cordate, smooth; ribs 9, 5 primary and 4 secondary ribs all prominent to narrowly winged, wings undulate; vittae 1 in each furrow, 2 on commissure. Seed face concave. Carpophore parted to base, rather thick.

Eight species: mainly at high altitudes from E Himalayas to SW China; seven species (four endemic) in China.

(Authors: Pan Zehui (潘泽惠); Mark F. Watson, Eugene V. Kljuykov)

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