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Kolkwitzia Graebn.


Description from Flora of China

Shrubs, deciduous. Winter buds with several pairs of pubescent scales. Leaves opposite, shortly petiolate with an interpetiolar line, estipulate. Flowers paniculate, single or paired (flowers opening consecutively) in same inflorescence; paired flowers with 6 bracts, single flowers with 4 bracts at base of ovaries; ovaries each crowned with a long narrow beak; bracts densely hairy, adnate to ovaries, accrescent and becoming spongy, woody, and covered with stiff bristles in fruit. Calyx of 5 narrow, sparsely pubescent sepals. Corolla bilabiate, 5-lobed; lobes spreading. Stamens 4, didynamous, partially adnate to corolla tube. Ovary 3- or 4-locular, 2 locules with 2 series of sterile ovules, 1 or 2 locules with a single fertile ovule. Achenes single or in pairs embedded in accrescent bristly bracts, each crowned with persistent sepals.

● One species: China.


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