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Gentiana otophoroides H. Smith


Description from Flora of China

Perennials 5-10 cm tall. Taproot cylindric, long, 5-8 mm in diam. Vegetative stems sometimes prolonged, few branched; branches usually short, to 8 mm in diam., with dense blackish membranous remnants of old petioles, each with an apical rosette; flowering stems annual, ascending, slender, simple. Basal leaves in 1-3 rosettes, usually crowded; petiole 0.5-2 cm, membranous; leaf blade linear-lanceolate, oblong-spatulate, oblanceolate, or narrowly elliptic, 1.5-3 cm × 2-12 mm, base narrowed, apex rounded, veins 3. Stem leaves 2 or 3 pairs, widely spaced; petiole 3-5 mm; leaf blade ovate-lanceolate to ovate-elliptic, 1-1.8 cm × 4-8 mm, base broadly cuneate to subrounded, apex acuminate to obtuse, veins 3. Flowers terminal, solitary. Pedicel 2-11 mm, slender. Calyx cupular, tube 4-5 mm; lobes linear-lanceolate, 4-7 mm, subequal, apex obtuse, vein 1. Corolla white or yellow, with pale blue streaks, tubular, 2.5-3 cm; lobes ovate-elliptic, 1.2-1.5 cm, margin entire, apex obtuse; plicae auricular, 2-3 mm, apex acute. Stamens inserted at middle of corolla tube; filaments 8-10 mm; anthers 2-2.5 mm. Style 3-4 mm; stigma lobes linear. Capsules ellipsoid, ca. 1.2 cm. Seeds light brown, fusiform, ca. 1.5 mm. Fl. and fr. Aug-Sep.

* Meadows on rocky slopes; 3200-4100 m. SE Xizang, NW Yunnan.


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