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Bupleurum smithii Wolff


Description from Flora of China

Plant 25–60 cm, perennial. Rhizome dark brown, usually branched, often thick. Stems several, tufted, stout, base without fibrous remnant sheaths. Basal leaves many; petioles often purplish-red, clasping; blade narrow-oblong or oblanceolate, 10–20 × 1–2 cm, thick-papery, 7–9-nerved, base tapering, margins white scarious, apex obtuse or acute, apiculate. Cauline leaves sessile. Apical leaf long-ovate, 1.5–7.5 × 1–1.7 cm, base rounded, sometimes auriculate, clasping, apex acuminate. Bracts 0 or 1–2, broadly ovate, 7–18 × 4–11 mm, unequal; rays 4–9, 0.5–4 cm, unequal, angled; bracteoles 6–9, ovate or broad-ovate, 4.5–6 × 3–5 mm, equal, acute, apiculate, exceeding (to × 1.5) flowers; umbellules 1–2 cm across; pedicels 1.5–2.5 mm. Petals yellow, occasionally abaxially purplish-red. Stylopodium low-conic, discoid, dark yellow or purple-brown. Fruit ovoid, brown, 3.5–4 × 2–2.5 mm; ribs acute, prominent; vittae 3 in each furrow, 3–4 on commissure. Fl. and fr. Jul–Sep.

Mountain slopes, grassy places, sunny riverside shingle; 1400–3700 m. Gansu, Hebei, Henan, Nei Mongol, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shanxi.


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