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50. Reineckea Kunth, Abh. Königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin. 1842: 29. 1844.
[nom. cons.]

吉祥草属 ji xiang cao shu

Description from Flora of China

Herbs perennial, rhizomatous, evergreen. Rhizome prostrate on ground, laxly many noded. Leaves tufted at rhizome tip, inconspicuously petiolate, gradually narrowed toward base. Scape arising from a leaf axil, erect, shorter than leaves, naked. Inflorescence a terminal spike, few to many flowered; bracts brownish or purplish, membranous. Flowers bisexual, sessile. Perianth segments proximally connate to form a tube, distally free. Stamens 6, inserted in throat of perianth tube; filaments filiform, proximally adnate to perianth tube; anthers dorsifixed. Ovary 3-loculed; ovules 2 per locule. Style columnar, slender; stigma capitate to 3-lobed. Fruit a berry, globose, several seeded.

The identity of Reineckea incurva H. Léveillé & Vaniot (Mem. Pontif. Accad. Romana Nuovi Lincei 23: 362. 1905), described from Guizhou, is uncertain. The present authors as well as McKean (Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 44: 195. 1986) did not see the type and therefore could not assess its status.

One species: China, Japan.

(Authors: Liang Songyun (梁松筠 Liang Song-jun); Minoru N. Tamura)


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