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Diapensia wardii W. E. Evans


Description from Flora of China

Shrublets, 10–15 cm tall. Leaves crowded towards apex of branchlets; petiole ca. 4 mm, base inflated and semiamplexicaul; leaf blade ovate to broadly elliptic, 6–10 × 4–7 mm, leathery, both surfaces smooth, abaxially surface pale green with a slightly raised midvein, adaxially green with slightly depressed midrib and veins, base broadly cuneate and gradually narrowed and attenuate into petiole, margin entire and slightly revolute, apex rounded to obtuse. Scape 1–2 cm; bracts 1, linear, near apex of scape. Sepals oblong, ca. 5 mm. Corolla purplish red, campanulate, 8–10 × 10–13 mm; lobes broadly ovate, ca. 6 × 6 mm, membranous, apex rounded. Stamens slightly exserted; staminodes membranous. Style purplish black, glabrous; stigma capitate. Capsule dark red, globular, ca. 4 mm in diam., 3-locular; persistent calyx ca. 6 mm, leaflike; elongated scape red, 4.5–8 cm. Fl. Jun–Jul, fr. Aug–Oct.

Rock faces, under Rhododendron shrubs; 3200–3400 m. SE Xizang.


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