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Vernonia chunii

Description from Flora of China

Strobocalyx chunii (C. C. Chang) H. Robinson et al.

Scandent shrubs. Stems inconspicuously striate, fulvous tomentulose, mixed with glands. Leaf blade oblong or elliptic-oblong, rarely ovate, 7-13 × 2.8-5.7 cm, papery, gray or fulvous tomentulose except on veins, lateral veins 3-6-paired, adaxially prominent, veinlets reticulate, base rounded or attenuate, margin entire or repand, apex shortly acute, rarely rounded-obtuse. Synflorescences terminal, panicles broad. Capitula many, 3-5 mm in diam.; peduncles to 2 mm, fulvous tomentulose; bracteole 1, at base. Involucre tubular, 4-5 mm; phyllaries 4-6-seriate, midrib often purple, thinly leathery, ovate to oblong, 1-veined, dorsally and margin tomentulose, apex obtuse, rarely acute, outer short, ovate, 1-1.5 mm. Receptacle flat, subfoveolate. Florets 2 or 3; corolla violaceous, tubular, 5-6 mm, lobes linear-lanceolate, glabrous. Achenes suboblong, ca. 2.5 mm, inconspicuously 5-ribbed, glabrous, glandular. Pappus 2-seriate, white or dirty white; outer setae very short; inner setae ca. 6.5 mm, scabrid. Fl. and fr. Jul-Oct.

● Forests on slopes in valleys. Hainan.


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