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Chirita juliae Hance


Description from Flora of China

Chirita gueilinensis W. T. Wang var. brachycarpa W. T. Wang; C. mangshanensis W. T. Wang; C. mangshanensis var. lasiandra W. T. Wang; Didymocarpus juliae (Hance) H. Léveillé; Roettlera juliae (Hance) Kuntze.

Perennials, stemless. Rhizome internodes inconspicuous. Leaves basal, opposite; petiole 3-17 X 0.4-1.3 cm; leaf blade ovate to elliptic, 6-15 X 4.4-9 cm, herbaceous, appressed puberulent, eglandular, base narrowly cuneate to subtruncate, margin dentate to pinnately lobed basally or crenate, apex acute to rounded; lateral veins 4 or 5 on each side of midrib, inconspicuous. Cymes 2-12-flowered; peduncle 4-11 cm, spreading puberulent; bracts 2, free, lanceolate-linear, 5-13 X 0.6-1.2 mm, puberulent, margin entire, apex acute. Pedicel 1-15 mm, pubescent. Calyx 5-sect from base; segments equal, subulate to lanceolate, 4-13 X 0.6-1.5 mm, puberulent, margin entire, apex acute. Corolla blue to purple, 3.5-4.5 cm, outside sparsely puberulent, inside nearly glabrous; tube nearly tubular to funnelform-tubular, 2.2-3.3 X 0.8-1.5 cm; adaxial lip 7-8 mm; abaxial lip 1-1.2 cm. Filaments 1-1.3 cm, glabrous to glandular puberulent near apex; anthers fused by entire adaxial surfaces, 3.2-3.5 mm, glabrous; staminodes 2, 4-5.5 mm. Pistil 3-3.2 cm, puberulent; ovary 4-8 mm. Stigma narrowly oblong, ca. 5 mm, 2-lobed. Capsule erect, 0.9-1.3 cm. Fl. Jul-Oct, fr. Oct.

After publication of the family treatment for the Flora of China, this was treated as Primulina juliae (Hance) Mich. Möller & A. Weber (Taxon 60: 782. 2011).

* Shaded streamside rocks in hilly regions; 300-600 m. W Fujian (Ninghua Xian), N Guangdong, SE Hunan, NE Jiangxi (Guangfeng Xian).


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