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Ostericum scaberulum (Franch.) Yuan et Shan


Description from Flora of China

Plants 50–70(–100) cm. Root cylindric, brown, ramentaceous, punctate on branches. Stem 0.3–0.6 cm thick, purplish green, thinly ribbed. Petioles 6–10(–18) cm, sheaths oblong; leaf blade broad-ovate, 15–25 × 15–20 cm, 2–3-ternate-pinnate; leaflets ovate to oblong-elliptic, 3.5–6.5 × 2.5–5 cm, base oblique, margin coarse-serrate and ciliate, apex long-caudate-acuminate, sparse pubescent along nerves abaxially. Peduncles 7–15 cm; bracts 2–5, lanceolate, scabrous; rays 13–19(–29), scabrous; bracteoles 6–12, linear-lanceolate, purplish, scabrous, apex acuminate, inflexed. Calyx teeth triangular-ovate. Petals white or yellowish white, ovate. Fruit suborbicular, 5–7 × 4–6.5 mm; dorsal ribs prominent, lateral ribs winged, wings much broader than the body; vittae 2 in each furrow, 4 on commissure. Fl. Jul–Sep, fr. Sep–Oct.

The roots have reputed medicinal properties.

Forests, shrubby thickets, grasslands, meadows; 2500–3400 m. Yunnan.


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