藏报春 Primula sinensis

  • Scientific Name: Primula sinensis Sabine ex Lindl.
  • Ref: Coll. Bot. t.7. 1821
  • Synonyms:
    • Auganthus praenitens Link
    • A. sinensis (Lindl.) Soják
    • Oscaria chinensis Lilja
    • Primula mandarina Hoffmanns.
    • P. praenitens (Link) Ker-Gawl.
    • P. semperflorens Loisel. ex Steud.
    • P. sertulosa F. Michx.
    • Primulidium sinense (Sabine ex Lindl.) Spach
  • English Common Name: Chinese primrose
  • Chinese Common Name: 藏报春 Zàng bàochūn
  • Family: Primulaceae
  • Genus: Primula
  • Distribution: Shaded areas in ravines, mixed forests; ca. 1000 m. Guizhou (Anshun Xian), Sichuan (Emei Shan)
  • Photo: South China Botanical Garden, Guangdong
Herbs perennial, with copious multicellular hairs, usually without remains of old leaves at base. Leaves forming a rosette; petiole 10--20 cm, succulent, vaginate at base; leaf blade broadly ovate to subrotund, 4--12 cm wide, base cordate, palmately lobed to 1/2 its width; lobes 7--9, oblong to ovate, margin coarsely dentate to incised-lobulate; lobules serrate. Scapes 10--30 cm; umbels 1 terminal, or 2 or 3 superimposed, 3--12-flowered; bracts lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, 1--3 cm. Pedicel 2--5(--7) cm. Flowers heterostylous. Calyx 0.8--1.5 cm, enlarging to 2 cm in fruit, inflated at base, subglobose, parted to 1/3--2/5; lobes ovate-triangular, often with unequal teeth, apex acute. Corolla pink to rose or lilac; tube slightly longer than calyx, pubescent outside; limb 1.5--4 cm wide; lobes broadly obovate, emarginate. Pin flowers: stamens near middle of corolla tube; style ca. as long as tube. Thrum flowers with positions reciprocal. Capsule globose, 8--9 mm in diam., shorter than calyx. Fl. Dec-Feb. 2n = [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] (Flora of China)

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