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Dichocarpum W. T. Wang et Hsiao


Description from Flora of China

Herbs perennial, erect. Rhizomes present. Stem scapoid, unbranched or few branched, with few leaves or leafless. Leaves basal or basal and cauline, pedately compound, 3--13-foliolate, rarely simple; central leaflet entire. Inflorescences cymose, terminal or axillary, 1--8-flowered; bracts usually 3-lobed. Flowers radially symmetric, bisexual, sometimes cleistogamous. Sepals 5, petaloid, usually white, seldom yellowish or pinkish. Petals 5, golden-yellow, much smaller than sepals, clawed. Stamens 5--25; filaments narrowly linear, 1-veined; anthers yellow. Pistils 2, connate at base; ovary narrowly oblong, many ovuled; styles persistent. Follicles 2, divaricate, apically beaked. Seeds nitid, sometimes somewhat rugose or rough.

About 15 species: China, N India, Japan, N Myanmar, Nepal; 11 species (endemic) in China.

(Authors: Fu Dezhi; Orbélia R. Robinson)


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