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Apostasia ramifera S. C. Chen et K. Y. Lang


Description from Flora of China

Plants ca. 13 cm tall. Rhizome elongate. Stem suberect or prostrate toward base, branched, with several tubular sheaths at base; branches 1-3 cm. Leaves many, spaced along stem; blade ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 1.4-2.6 × 0.4-0.8(-1.2) cm, apex with an awn 1-2 mm; petiole-like base 0.7-1.5 cm. Inflorescence arising from leaf axils near apex of stem and branches, arching or pendulous, racemose, 1-2 cm, 1-4-flowered; floral bracts ovate to lanceolate, 2-4 mm, 3-5-veined. Flowers small, ca. 0.5 cm in diam.; ovary and pedicel 8-11 mm. Sepals spreading, oblong, 4-5 × ca. 1 mm, 3-veined, margin undulate, apex shortly mucronate. Petals similar to sepals but slightly shorter and broader, yellow; lip similar to petals. Column lacking wings but ventrally dilated and with 2 ridges below staminode; filaments ca. 0.5 mm; anthers narrowly ovoid, 2.5-2.8 mm, base sagittate, extending slightly beyond style; staminode slightly shorter than style, adnate to style for almost its entire length; style ca. 3 mm, apex with slightly dilated stigma. Capsule not known. Fl. May, fr. Jun.

● Dense forests. SW Hainan.


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