Yunnan 2010 Caprifoliaceae for the Flora of China


Balanophora involucrata Hook.f.    

Region:Yunnan; Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Pref.; Lushui Xian
Gazetteer:Lanping Nature Reserve, Fu he. Mi Le Ba village.
Coordinates: 26.4170 N, 99.2779 E  Alt: 3152m 

Fleshy plant 5 cm tall. Stems yellow. Inflorescence orange-red. Male flowers pedicellate, reflexed when mature, pollen white. Female inflorescence smooth, flowers dense and sessile, stigmas pale yellow.
Alpine pasture-forest edge, grazed by livestock. Growing under Abies and Ilex with Fragaria, Rubus, Berberis, Iris and mosses.

Identification Notes:Verified with Flora of China online Male flowers subtended by bracts fused into a hexagonal alveolus.
Ancillary Collections: Photos, DNA, spirit 

Borosova, R.; Guo, Y.; Landrein, S.; Liu, C.; Osborne, J. & Zhang, T.#2185               1 August 2010

morphological details

male inflorescence male inflorescence male flower male flower male flower male flower

female inflorescence female inflorescence

female flowers female flowers

female inflorescence section female inflorescence section

female inflorescence section female inflorescence section stem base stem base  

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Herbarium voucher
Herbarium voucher

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