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Saxifraga hispidula D. Don


Description from Flora of China

Hirculus hispidulus (D. Don) Losinskaja; Saxifraga evolvuloides Wallich ex Seringe; S. hispidula var. dentata Franchet; S. hispidula var. doniana Engler; S. potentilliflora H. Léveillé.

Stem usually branched, 4.5-22.5 cm tall, glandular pilose. Leaf buds present in axils at proximal nodes. Proximal cauline leaves caducous, less than 1/2 size of median ones, margin entire. Median cauline leaves subelliptic to ovate, 0.5-2 cm × 2.5-10 mm, both surfaces strigose, margin with 3-5 acute lobes toward apex. Flower usually solitary, or cyme 2-4-flowered; pedicel 0.6-2.1 cm, long glandular hairy. Sepals erect or somewhat spreading, ovate, 2.3-4 × 1.4-2.3 mm, glandular or eglandular hairy abaxially, adaxially distally, and marginally, veins 3-8, confluent at apex. Petals yellow, elliptic to broadly so or obovate, 4-7.3 × 2.9-5 mm, 2-16-callose, 3-10-veined, base contracted into a claw 0.6-1.7 mm, apex obtuse. Stamens 3-4.5 mm. Ovary subsuperior, ovoid to broadly so, 1.6-2.2 mm; styles 1.5-1.8 mm. Fl. and fr. Jul-Sep. 2n = 16, 24*.

Many plants from Sikkim have entire leaves (Saxifraga hispidula var. hispidula), but no such plants have been seen among specimens from China.

Rocks and rock crevices in forests, forest margins, scrub, alpine meadows, and on cliffs; 2300-5600 m. C Sichuan (Baoxing Xian, Tianquan Xian), S Xizang, NW Yunnan [Bhutan, N India, N Myanmar, Nepal, Sikkim].


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