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Boeica Clarke


Description from Flora of China

Boeicopsis H. W. Li.

Subshrubs or herbs, perennial, epipetric or terrestrial, rhizomatous, sometimes stoloniferous, stemmed or seldom stemless. Leaves few to many, on stem and alternate, crowded near stem apex or basal; leaf blade puberulent to densely woolly or glabrescent, base cuneate to attenuate. Inflorescences lax, sometimes umbel-like, axillary, 1- to many-flowered cymes; bracts 2 and opposite, rarely several and whorled. Calyx actinomorphic, 5-sect from base; segments equal. Corolla white to pink or blue to purple, zygomorphic, inside glabrous or puberulent; tube campanulate, not swollen, sometimes saccate at base, slightly shorter than limb, 3-7 mm in diam.; limb slightly 2-lipped; adaxial lip 2-lobed, slightly shorter than to as long as abaxial lip; abaxial lip 3-lobed, lobes equal or subequal, apex rounded to acute. Stamens 4, adnate to corolla near base, included; anthers basifixed, free, thecae subparallel, confluent at apex, dehiscing longitudinally, poricidally, or transversely; connective not projecting; staminode 1, adnate to adaxial side of corolla tube. Disc ringlike or inconspicuous. Ovary ovoid or conical, 1-loculed; placentas 2, parietal, projecting inward, 2-cleft. Stigma 1, terminal, capitate, undivided. Capsule straight in relation to pedicel, linear to narrowly oblong, much longer than calyx, dehiscing loculicidally to base; valves 2, straight, not twisted. Seeds unappendaged.

About 12 species: Bhutan, S China, N India, Myanmar, N Vietnam; seven species in China.


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