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Primula chionata W. W. Smith


Description from Flora of China

Herbs perennial, efarinose. Basal bud scales reddish, ovate to ovate-oblong, 1--1.5 cm. Petiole usually slightly shorter than leaf blade; leaf blade oblong to obovate-elliptic, 4--7 X 1.5--2 cm, glabrous, base attenuate, incised to pinnately lobed, apex rounded; lobules usually with 2 or 3 teeth. Scapes nearly obsolete; inflorescences arising from leaf rosette, 2--8-flowered; bracts linear, 5--10 mm. Pedicel 2--6 cm, sparsely glandular. Flowers heterostylous. Calyx campanulate to tubular campanulate, 7--10 mm, sparsely glandular, parted slightly below middle; lobes ovate to broadly lanceolate, margin entire to dentate. Corolla yellow or violet; tube 1.1--1.3 cm; limb 1.8--3 cm wide; lobes broadly obovate to suborbicular, emarginate. Pin flowers: stamens near middle of corolla tube; style slightly exserted. Thrum flowers: stamens toward apex of corolla tube; style ca. 1/2 as long as tube. Capsule disintegrating at maturity.

* Grassy alpine slopes, wet meadows, near water; 3800--4400 m. S Xizang


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