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Chamaesciadium C. A. Mey.


Description from Flora of China

Herbs, perennial, dwarf. Taproot stout, caudex thick. Stem much reduced, almost absent, base clothed in papery (rarely fibrous) remnant sheaths. Leaves in basal rosette, 1–2-pinnate; ultimate segments ovate to lanceolate, toothed or pinnatifid; petiole sheathing at base. Umbels compound, primary umbel terminal, lax, mostly sessile, lateral umbels smaller, pedunculate; bracts and bracteoles linear-lanceolate, entire; rays of terminal umbel long, stout, purplish, unequal, rays of lateral umbels short. Calyx teeth obsolete. Petals white, oblong-obovate, base cuneate, apical lobule narrow, inflexed. Stylopodium low-conic, undulate at margin; styles longer than the stylopodium. Fruit ovoid-oblong, slightly compressed laterally, glabrous; ribs 5, filiform; vittae 3–4 in each furrow, 8 on commissure. Seed face plane. Carpophore thick, 2-fid.

One species: C and SW Asia.

(Authors: Pu Fading (溥发鼎 Pu Fa-ting); Mark F. Watson)


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