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45. Parnassia leptophylla Handel-Mazzetti, Oesterr. Bot. Z. 90: 120. 1941.

细裂梅花草 xi lie mei hua cao

Description from Flora of China

Stems 1-3, 11-28 cm, with 1 leaf distally. Basal leaves 2-4; petiole 4-14 cm; leaf blade purple-brown punctate, reniform, 2-5.5 × 2.5-7 cm, 7-9-veined with veins prominent abaxially, base deeply cordate, apex rounded, apiculate. Cauline leaf sessile, semiamplexicaul, similar to basal ones but smaller, sometimes with 2 or 3 caducous, rusty brown appendages at base. Flower 2.5-3.5 cm in diam.; hypanthium shallow. Sepals adaxially brownish punctate, oblong or obovate-oblong, 6-12 × 4-8 mm, 3-5-veined, margin entire, apex rounded. Petals white, brownish veined, purple punctate, oblong-obovate, 1.5-2 cm × 7-9 mm, 5-veined, base cuneate, margin shortly fimbriate in proximal 1/3, irregularly erose distally, apex acuminate. Anthers ellipsoid, ca. 1.5 mm, connective projected at apex into a lanceolate appendage to 5 mm; filaments 1.5-6.5 mm; staminodes flat, ca. 5 × 3.5 mm, 3-lobed for ca. 2/3 their length, central lobe lanceolate, lateral ones falcate, narrower than central one. Ovary superior, globose; style ca. 1 mm; stigma 3-lobed, lobes short. Capsule unknown. Fl. Jul-Aug.

* Alpine meadows; 2200-3600 m. S and W Sichuan.


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