Flora of China
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   13. Asteropyrum  J. R. Drummond & Hutchinson
星果草属   xing guo cao shu
Authors:Fu Dezhi; Orbélia R. Robinson


Herbs perennial. Rhizomes short, fibrous. Leaves basal, simple, papery, abaxially glabrous, adaxially sparsely strigose, base nearly truncate, distinctly peltate; leaf blade ± palmately lobed. Scapes 1--3; bracts usually opposite, ovate to broadly ovate, ca. 3 mm. Flowers terminal, solitary, actinomorphic, bisexual. Sepals 5, white, petaloid, obovate, apex rounded. Petals 5--8, golden yellow, ca. 1/2 as long as sepals, suborbicular, glabrous, long ligulate. Stamens numerous, slightly longer than petals, glabrous; filaments narrowly linear, 1-veined; anthers yellow, oblong, ca. 1 mm. Pistils 5--8, erect; ovary oblong, apex attenuate into a short style; ovules many. Follicles widely divergent, suboblong, ca. 8 mm, without prominent transverse veins on lateral surfaces, persistent styles short. Seeds brownish, ellipsoid, ca. 1.5 mm.

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

1Scape 12--20 cm tall; leaf blade 5-sided in outline, 4--14 cm wide1  A. cavaleriei    裂叶星果草
+Scape 6--10 cm tall; leaf blade suborbicular to inconspicuously 5-sided in outline, 1--3.7 cm wide2  A. peltatum    星果草
   Lower Taxon
  • Asteropyrum cavaleriei  (H. Léveillé & Vaniot) J. R. Drummond & Hutchinson  裂叶星果草
  • Asteropyrum peltatum  (Franchet) J. R. Drummond & Hutchinson  星果草