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Silene salicifolia C.L.Tang


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Description:

Reference: Zhou L., Wu Z.-Y., Lidén, M. & Oxelman, B. (2001). Silene (110 spp.). In Wu Zhengyi & P. H. Raven (eds). Flora of China. 6: 66-100
Silene salicifolia C. L.-Tang, Acta Bot. Yunnan. 2: 439. 1980. ¡¯“∂”¨◊”≤› liu ye ying zi cao Herbs perennial. Stems caespitose, ascending, 20–30 cm, sparsely branched, glabrous. Leaves lanceolate, 5–7 × 0.6–1.2 cm, both surfaces glabrous, margin ciliate with multicellular hairs, midvein prominent, base cuneate, apex acuminate. Dicha-sial cymes few flowered. Pedicel 1.5–3 cm, slender, ± viscid; bracts linear-lanceolate, nearly membranous, 5–10 mm, margin ciliate. Calyx campanulate, 1–1.4 cm × ca. 4.5 mm, glabrous; longitudinal veins violet, cohering at apex; calyx teeth triang-ular, 3–5 mm, apex acute. Androgynophore ca. 4 mm, pubes-cent. Petals ca. 2 cm; claws slightly exserted beyond calyx, ca. 1.2 cm, glabrous; auricles orbicular, obscurely laciniate; limbs pale red or lilac, broadly obovate, ca. 7 mm, bifid deeply to middle, sometimes with one small lobe on each lateral side; coronal scales nearly flabellate, ca. 1.5 × 2 mm. Stamens and styles included; filaments glabrous. Styles 3. Capsule ovoid, 8–10 mm, shorter than persistent calyx. Seeds yellow-brown, reni-form, ca. 1.2 mm, minutely tuberculate, abaxially with promi-nent spinose protuberances. Fl. Aug, fr. Sep–Oct. • Stony forest substrates; 2100–2300 m. Sichuan. This species and the following three are clearly closely related. The key character for distinguishing Silene salicifolia from the others is its broader, lanceolate leaves, and this has apparently been the reason for not including it in the same section. Tang (Acta Bot. Yunnan. 2: 439. 1980) likened S. salicifolia to S. pterosperma Maximowicz (Trudy Imp. S.-Peterburgsk. Bot. Sada 11: 67. 1889). We have not seen type material of S. pterosperma, but it is likely that that name should act-ually be applied to either S. hupehensis or S. salicifolia.


Comment:

Superordinate taxon: Silene sect. morrisonmontanae C.L.Tang (ID: 824)

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