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Subfamily

V. Subfam. Scutellarioideae (Dumort.) Caruel (1884).

Description

Low shrub; stem sympodially branched, distally leafy; leaves alternate, petiolate, oblanceolate, crenate to repand; inflorescence a terminal raceme; bracts present, reduced; calyx 2-lipped, 5-lobed (3/2), somewhat accrescent, enclosing nutlets at maturity (?), posterior lip shallowly 3-lobed, anterior lip much larger, nearly truncate, emarginate, tube broadly campanulate, gaping; corolla pink, 2-lipped (2/3), tube downcurved; stamens subequal, included, thecae slightly divergent; ovary shallowly lobed; disc poorly developed; nutlets attached to receptacle by slender stalks, dry, obovoid, laterally compressed, longitudinally ridged, apically tuberculate, each tubercle with a hairlike projection, attachment-scar lateral, 0.3x nutlet; endosperm present; embryo spatulate.  One sp., Wenchengia alternifolia C. Y. Wu & S. Chow, southern China (Hainan), forest understory; possibly extinct, known only from two collections made in the 1930s.

Distribution

Native to:

36 China

Publication

Wenchengia C.Y. Wu & S. Chow, Acta Phytotax. Sin. 10: 250 (1965).

Image resource

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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