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Chirita ophiopogoides D. Fang et W. T. Wang


Description from Flora of China

Perennials, stemless. Rhizome internodes inconspicuous. Leaves basal, crowded, sessile; leaf blade lanceolate-linear, 4.5-11 cm X 4-8 mm, leathery, glabrous, eglandular, base cuneate, margin finely spiny denticulate, apex acute to obtuse; lateral veins invisible. Cymes 5-7-flowered; peduncle ca. 6 cm, puberulent and glandular puberulent; bracts 2, free, narrowly linear to lanceolate-linear, 0.9-1.2 cm X 0.6-1.5 mm, puberulent, margin entire, apex acute. Pedicel 2-2.5 cm, densely glandular puberulent. Calyx 5-sect from base; segments equal, lanceolate-linear, 4-5 X ca. 0.8 mm, outside glandular puberulent, inside glabrous, margin entire, apex acute. Corolla purplish, ca. 2 cm, outside puberulent, inside glabrous; tube narrowly funnelform, ca. 10 X 6 mm; adaxial lip ca. 5.5 mm; abaxial lip ca. 1 cm. Filaments ca. 9 mm, glandular puberulent; anthers fused by entire adaxial surfaces, ca. 2.5 mm, glandular puberulent; staminodes 2, ca. 3 mm. Pistil ca. 1 cm, glandular puberulent; ovary ca. 8 mm. Stigma obtrapeziform, ca. 1 mm, 2-lobed. Capsule erect, ca. 3 cm. Fl. Mar-Apr, fr. Apr.

* Cliffs in forests among limestone hills; 200-600 m. SW Guangxi (Fusui Xian, Longzhou Xian).


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