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Chirita fasciculiflora W. T. Wang


Description from Flora of China

Perennials. Rhizome internodes inconspicuous. Stems erect, 5.5-20 cm, white villous. Stem leaves 2-6, opposite, crowded at stem apex; petiole 1-12 X 1-2 mm; leaf blade elliptic to obovate or ovate, 2.5-17.5 X 2-9.5 cm, herbaceous, puberulent to pilose, eglandular, base oblique, cuneate to truncate, margin denticulate to serrulate, apex acute to rounded; lateral veins 5 or 6 on each side of midrib, slightly conspicuous. Cymes 1-10-flowered; peduncle absent; bracts ca. 7, free, spatulate to linear, 0.6-1.5 cm X 0.3-2 mm, pubescent, margin entire, apex attenuate. Pedicel to 2.5 cm, puberulent. Calyx 1-1.4 cm, deeply 5-lobed; tube ca. 3 mm; lobes slightly unequal, triangular, 3-10 mm, outside with 5 longitudinal bands of pilose hairs between lobes, inside glabrous, margin entire, apex acute. Corolla blue, 5-6.5 cm, outside puberulent, inside glabrous; tube narrowly funnelform, 4-5.5 X ca. 1.3 cm; adaxial lip ca. 7 mm; abaxial lip ca. 1.2 cm. Filaments ca. 1.2 cm, glabrous; anthers fused by entire adaxial surfaces, ca. 2 mm, glabrous; staminodes 2, ca. 9 mm. Pistil 4-5.2 cm, puberulent; ovary ca. 3 cm. Stigma ligulate-spatulate, ca. 5 mm, undivided. Fruit and seeds unknown. Fl. Jun.

After publication of the family treatment for the Flora of China, this was treated as Henckelia fasciculiflora (W. T. Wang) D. J. Middleton & Mich. Möller (Taxon 60: 775. 2011).

* Valley forests; ca. 1500 m. S Yunnan (Menghai Xian).


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