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Primula sapphirina Hook. f. et Thoms. ex Hook. f.


Description from Flora of China

Herbs perennial, forming dense mats consisting of many rosettes, base with remains of withered foliage. Leaves forming a rosette; petiole indistinct to nearly as long as leaf blade; leaf blade oblanceolate to obovate, 5--10 X 2--5 mm, tapering to base, abaxially pubescent along midvein, adaxially short white pubescent or subglabrous, margin coarsely pinnatifid-dentate with obtuse teeth, apex obtuse to rounded. Scapes 1--5 cm, sparsely glandular; inflorescence capitate, 1--4-flowered; bracts usually 2 or 3, lanceolate to narrowly ovate, 1.5--3 mm. Flowers sessile, ± nodding, heterostylous. Calyx often tinged with dark purple, cup-shaped, 3--3.5 mm, finely glandular, parted to middle or below; lobes oblong to oblong-lanceolate, margin occasionally dentate, apex acute to obtuse. Corolla violet-purple; tube nearly as long as calyx; limb 4--6 mm; lobes nearly quadrate to obovate, 2-lobed. Pin flowers: stamens ca. 1.5 mm above base of corolla tube; style ca. 3 mm. Thrum flowers: stamens ca. 2.5 mm above base of corolla tube; style ca. 0.5 mm. Capsule subglobose, slightly shorter than calyx. Fl. Jul.

In damp rock crevices, on moss-covered rocks; 4000--5000 m. S Xizang [Bhutan, NE India, Nepal, Sikkim].


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