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Chirita brachytricha W. T. Wang et D. Y. Chen


Description from Flora of China

Perennials, stemless. Rhizome internodes inconspicuous. Leaves basal, opposite; petiole 0.4-3 X 0.9-1.3 cm; leaf blade slightly oblique, broadly ovate to ovate, 2-15 X 2-12 cm, papery, sparsely puberulent (hairs 0.15-0.25 and 0.8-1 mm), eglandular, base oblique, truncate-rounded to broadly cuneate, margin crenate to dentate to repand, apex rounded to acute; lateral veins 4-6 on each side of midrib, inconspicuous. Cymes 3-6-flowered; peduncle 7-9 cm, densely purple puberulent; bracts 2, free, linear to ovate, 4-8(-18) X 2.8-3.5(-6) mm, pubescent to ciliate, margin entire, apex obtuse. Pedicel 3.5-12 mm, purple puberulent and glandular puberulent. Calyx 5-sect from base; segments equal, triangular-linear, ca. 7 X 1.5-2.5 mm, outside puberulent, inside glabrous, margin entire, apex obtuse. Corolla purple, ca. 3.2 cm, outside puberulent, inside puberulent in lines; tube funnelform-tubular, ca. 2 X 1 cm; adaxial lip ca. 7 mm; abaxial lip ca. 1.1 cm. Filaments ca. 1.2 cm, glandular puberulent above; anthers fused by entire adaxial surfaces, ca. 3.5 mm, bearded; staminodes 2, ca. 6 mm. Pistil ca. 2.6 cm, pubescent; ovary ca. 1.6 cm. Stigma cuneate, ca. 3 mm, 2-lobed. Fruit and seeds unknown. Fl. Apr-May.

* Damp rocky crevices in forests of hilly regions, rocks in forested valleys; 400-1000 m. SE Guizhou (Libo Xian).


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