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   2. Leptocodon  (J. D. Hooker & Thomson) Lemaire Ill. Hort. 3. Misc. 49. 1856.
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Authors:Authors: Deyuan Hong, Thomas G. Lammers & Laura L. Klein

Codonopsis subg. Leptocodon J. D. Hooker & Thomson, Ill. Himal. Pl. t. 16, A. 1855.


Vines, perennial. Stems slender. Leaves alternate, but on branches often opposite or subopposite. Flowers solitary, outside axils, less frequently in axils, or opposite to leaves. Calyx 5-lobed, tube broadly obconical. Corolla tubular, 5-lobed. Stamens 5; filaments long, base slightly dilated, alternate with 5 free, lamellar glands. Ovary semi-inferior, with superior part narrowly conical, 3-locular; style long; stigma 3-fid, segments clavate. Capsule 3-loculicidal at superior part. Seeds numerous.

Two species: Bhutan, SW China, N India, N Myanmar, E Nepal; two species (one endemic) in China.

1Plants glabrous throughout except young leaves sparsely villous; calyx lobes linear-oblong, often reflexed, distant from each other, glabrous, base clawlike.1  L. gracilis    细钟花
+Plants ± hairy, rarely sparsely villous only on leaf margin; calyx lobes ovate to narrowly ovate, not reflexed, overlapping each other, at least villous on margin, base obtuse, truncate, or cordate, but not clawlike.2  L. hirsutus    毛细钟花
   Lower Taxon
  • Leptocodon gracilis  (J. D. Hooker & Thomson) Lemaire  细钟花
  • Leptocodon hirsutus  D. Y. Hong  毛细钟花