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Cyananthus Wall. ex Benth.

蓝钟花属

Description from Flora of China

Herbs, annual or perennial, caudices of latter thick, lignified, covered with numerous scales, usually branched, stems thus caespitose. Leaves alternate, but sometimes 4 or 5 leaves aggregated below pedicel, appearing whorl-like. Flowers solitary, terminal on main stems and branches, rarely in a dichasium and dichasia aggregated on top of stem and branches, pedicellate. Calyx tubular or tubular-campanulate, 5- or rarely 4-lobed. Corolla tubular-campanulate, (3-)5-lobed. Stamens 5, often aggregated and surrounding ovary at upper part. Ovary superior, conical, mostly 5-locular, less frequently 4- or 3-locular. Fruit a capsule, loculicidal. Seeds numerous, brown-red or brown-black.

Eighteen species: Himalaya and the Hengduan Mountains; 17 species (nine endemic) in China.

(Authors: Hong Deyuan (洪德元); Thomas G. Lammers, Laura L. Klein)


 

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