Villadia

PANICULATA   Pino & Cieza, 2009

Distribution : Peru (Dept. Cajamarca), 3000 m.

Description :

A succulent glabrous herb, 12 - 25 cm tall when flowring.

Roots filiform, 2 - 4 cm long, brownish.

Stem procumbent, subterranean, reddish-brown, branching every 1.5 - 7 cm.

Branches 1 - 5, erect, vegetative shoots 4 - 12 cm long, flowering shoots up to 25 cm long.

Leaves sessile, succulent, spirally arranged, crowded on young shoots, attached at a right to acute angle, straight to very slightly upcurved, narrowly oblong to subterete, 8 - 14 x 1.5 - 1.8 mm, to 1.3 mm thick, obtuse-subacute, upper and lower sides convex, light yellowish-green, reddish at the apex, margins entire.

Inflorescence a terminal single spike 3 - 8 cm long, with 5 - 20 crowded flowers or a panicle with up to nine branches (spikes), each with (3-) 6 - 9 flowers crowded at the tips, bracts at the base of each branch and between them, like the leaves but flat above and hyaline-spurred, bracteoles two per flower, 5.5 - 6.5 x 1.4 - 1.7 mm, narrowly ovate-deltoid, obtuse to acute, upper side flat-concave, lower side convex, with a hyaline spur at base, pedicels very short.

Flowers frequently geminate, sepals narrowly oblong to subterete, curved at the whitish base, 6.5 - 8 x 1.4 - 1.6 mm, light yellowish-green, petals oblong, obtuse-acute-deltoide at tip, united along the proximal third, outcurved along the distal half, 7 - 7.8 x 2 - 2.5 mm, outside pale greenish-white at center and tip, inside white, margins entire, anthers yellow.

Flowering time : April to May.

Link to photos in Haseltonia 15, 2009.




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