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Swertia matsudae Hayata ex Satake


Description from Flora of China

Annuals to 80 cm tall. Roots yellow, fibrous. Stems erect, ca. 2.5 mm in diam., striate, branched. Leaves sessile or short petiolate; leaf blade linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, 3-6 cm × 4-7 mm including petiole, base obtuse, apex acuminate, veins 3. Inflorescences panicles of cymes, lax, spreading branched, many flowered. Flowers 5merous. Pedicel spreading to erect, 1.5-2 cm, terete. Calyx tube 1-2 mm; lobes lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, 4-5 mm, apex acuminate, veins 3 outside. Corolla yellow, tube 1-2 mm; lobes oblong, 7-8.5 mm, slightly crenate, apex acute. Nectaries 2 per corolla lobe, orbicular, reduced to a naked gland patch. Filaments ca. 3 mm; anthers ellipsoid, 1.5-2 mm. Style short, distinct; stigma lobes capitate. Capsules narrowly ovoid, ca. 1.3 cm. Seeds ellipsoid; seed coat smooth.

* Grassland slopes, forests; 2300-3000 m. Taiwan.


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