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32. Stellaria depressa Em. Schmid, Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 31: 41. 1932.

凹陷繁缕 ao xian fan lu

Description from Flora of China

Herbs perennial. Stems diffuse, tufted, ca. 12 cm, shiny, glabrous, apically slightly pubescent. Leaves ovate-lanceolate, 3--7 mm, glabrous, 1-veined, margin cartilaginous, apex subobtuse. Flowers 2--7, in cymes; bracts ovate-lanceolate, membranous, apex acuminate. Pedicel 3--4 mm. Sepals 5, ovate-lanceolate, 3--4 mm, glabrous, margin white, green, or purplish, broad, apex subobtuse. Petals slightly shorter than sepals, 2-cleft (rarely absent). Stamens 10, 2.5--3 mm. Styles 3. Capsule ovoid-orbicular.

Kozhevnikov described Stellaria depressa var. arenicola (Novosti. Sist. Vyssh. Rast. 20: 105. 1983) based on a specimen from Kaschgaria (Xinjiang). It was described as having smaller, often apetalous flowers (2–2.5 vs. 4–5 mm) and indistinct sepal veins. The present authors have seen no material of this taxon and do not know if it warrants recognition.

* 5000--5500 m. ?Xinjiang, Xizang.


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