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Fordiophyton repens Y. C. Huang ex C. Chen


Description from Flora of China

Herbs 7-12 cm tall (including inflorescence). Stems creeping, repent, 4-angular, villous. Petiole (2-)4-11 cm, white maculate, densely villous; leaf blade orbicular to ovate-orbicular, 4-7.5 × 4-6.5 cm, papery, abaxially villous on veins otherwise furfuraceous squamose, adaxially furfuraceous squamose and sparsely strigose, secondary veins 3 or 4 on each side of midvein, base cordate, margin densely denticulate with each tooth having a terminal seta, apex shortly acute to retuse. Inflorescences terminal, umbellate, 3-6-flowered; peduncle 7-12 cm, glabrous or sparsely villous. Pedicel ca. 5 mm, glabrous. Hypanthium funnel-shaped, ca. 1.4 cm, 4-sided, glabrous. Calyx lobes long triangular-ovate, ca. 5 mm, margin entire, apex obtuse. Petals pink, obovate, ca. 1.7 cm, oblique. Longer stamens pink; filaments linear, ca. 1.4 cm, base lengthened forming a forked spur; connective base slightly bulging. Shorter stamens white or whitish yellow; filaments ca. 6 mm; anthers oblong, ca. 3 mm. Ovary obovate, apex with a membranous ciliate crown. Capsule campanulate, ca. 5 mm in diam., apex 4-lobed, crown slightly exserted from calyx or not; hypanthium exceeding capsule, 8-ribbed, glabrous. Fl. and fr. May-Jun.

● Dense forests, valleys, shaded damp places; 1000-1600 m. Yunnan (Pingbian).


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