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 Erect, 40–60 cm high, glabrous perennial with a basal rosette of leaves (Fig. 1-B); roots fibrous, 2–4 cm long and 2 mm in diam. Leaves rosette, sheaths 0.5–1 cm long, lamina narrowly linear, 20–60 cm long, 0.4–0.8 cm wide, apex acuminate, base rounded merged into the sheath, margins entire; cauline leaves with sheaths 0.2–2 cm long, glabrous, narrowly lanceolate to linear, 1–25 cm long, 0.2–0.5 mm wide, base rounded, apex acute to acuminate, glabrous, margin entire, often scabrid; flowering shoot terminal in the basal rosette, erect, 20–40 cm long, unbranched or rarely branched from apically reduced cauline leaves (a bract). Inflorescence terminal and axillary (from uppermost foliaceous bract) of peduncled cincinni (Fig. 2–B); peduncles 2–7 cm long, glabrous, cincinni to 2 cm long, few flowered, bracteoles 5 mm long, caducous. Flowers bisexual (Fig. 1–C; Fig. 2–C, D), c. 1.5 cm wide, opening 1230–1600 hr; pedicels (2–) 3–5 mm long (not declinate in capsule); sepals elliptic to oblong elliptic, 5–6 mm long, pale white to green; petals ovate to obovate, lilac to pale lavender; stamens 2 (Fig. 2E), filaments densely bearded, (3–) 4 mm long, anthers elliptic, c. 1 mm long; staminodes 3 (Fig. 2G), antepetalous with glabrous to sparsely bearded filaments, antherodes tri-lobed, yellow; one rudimentary stamen, antisepalous (Fig. 2F) with densely bearded filament ending with sterile knob; ovary glabrous; style recurved towards staminodes, (3–)4 mm long; stigma simple. Capsule subglobose, 4–5 mm long, 3 mm wide, locules 1-seeded. Seeds (Fig. 2J, K) elliptic or rarely ovoid, 2.5–5 mm long, 1.5–3 mm wide, testa scorbiculate on all surfaces, the depressions often partially uniting on the dorsal surface, forming a little larger, irregular depressions, dark brown, hilum linear or oblong-linear, embryotega dorsal-semidorsal, farinose sparsely in all depressions and around the embryotega.


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Source: PhytoKeys

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