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35. Meconopsis pseudovenusta G. Taylor, Gen. Meconopsis. 85. 1934.

拟秀丽绿绒蒿 ni xiu li lü rong hao

Herbs, monocarpic, tufted, to 17 cm tall in flower, with dense persistent leaf bases. Taproot plump, extended, more than 10 cm, ca. 2.5 cm in diam. at top. Leaves all basal, rarely from lower flower stems; petiole linear, to 11 cm; blade ovate, elliptic, lanceolate, or oblanceolate, 2-7 × 1-3.6 cm, usually pinnatipartite or bipinnatipartite, rarely entire or undulate, both surfaces glabrous or midvein sparsely setose, near base with several veins, distinct on both surfaces, base cuneate, apex acute or rounded. Scapes 4-15, usually separate, occasionally partly agglomerated below, 10-20 cm (to 35 cm in fruit), glabrous or spreading setose. Flowers to 18, 4-6.4 cm in diam., semi-nutant from basal scapes, rarely from ebracteate flowering stems mixed with basal scapes. Flower buds globose, 1-1.5 cm in diam. Sepals glabrous or sparsely setose. Petals 4-10, wine-purple, ruddy-purple, lilac-purple, elliptic, obovate, or suborbicular, 2.5-3.5 × 1-2.5 cm, base cuneate, margin irregularly incised, apex rounded or acute. Filaments of same color as petals, filiform, ca. 1 cm; anthers orange to yellow-gray, oblong, ca. 1 mm. Ovary elliptic or elliptic-oblong, 3-6 mm, sparsely appressed or extended setose; styles 1.5-2.8 mm; stigmas capitate. Capsule narrowly obovoid to narrowly elliptic, 2-3 cm × 5-10 mm, sparsely rubiginous, compressed- or deflexed setose, slightly 3- or 4-valvate from apex; styles prolonged, 3-6 mm. Seeds falcate-elliptic, seed coat not obviously longitudinally pitted. Fl. Jun-Aug.

● Alpine meadows, rocky slopes, scree; 3400-4200 m. SW Sichuan, SE Xizang (Bomi), NW Yunnan (Weixi, Zhongdian).


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