Villadia

PATULA Moran & C.H.Uhl, 1991

Distribution : Mexico (San Luis Potosi, Guanajuato, Querétaro, Veracruz); rocky slopes, 1950 - 2300 m.

 

 

Description (according to IHSP, 2003) :

 

Herbs.

 

Roots strongly thickened, to 80 x 5 mm.

 

Stems short-lived, erect, deciduous almost to the base, 10 - 60 cm, base woody-persistent, 5 cm.

 

Leaves ascending, lanceolate, obscurely cylindrical, acute, spurred, apically papillose, 7 - 21 x 2 - 3.5 mm.

 

Inflorescences lax thyrses, 5 - 30 x 1.2 - 1.8 cm, with 10 - 75 scorpioid branches with 1 - 4 (-8) fIowers- each.

 

Flowers : Sepals ascending, appressed, triangular-lanceolate, acute, apically papillose, 2.5 - 3.5 x 1 - 1.5 mm, petals spreading, 3.5 – 5 mm, white-greenish or somewhat reddish, tube 0.8 - 1.6 mm, lobes triangular-lanceolate, acute, 2.5 - 3.5  x 1.5 - 2.2 mm.

Cytology : n = 13

 

According to the protologue, V. guatemalensis with similar flowers and fruits is perhaps the closest relative. ln habit, V. misera is most similar.




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