Epilobium keysseri

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Epilobium keysseri

Description

Clumped erect perennial herb 12-60 cm, often ericoid in aspect, ± woody at the base, the underground parts not scaly; Inflorescence erect. Flowers erect, borne in axils of upper leaves. Sepals 3-5.6 by 1-2.5 mm. Petals obovate, 4.5-8 by 2.8-4 mm, purplish rose, the notch 1.5-2 mm deep. Capsule 3-6 cm long, glabrescent, on a pedicel 1-2.5 cm. Seeds 0.9-1.2 by 0.4-0.6 mm, papillose, brown, with a short pellucid beak, the coma 5-7 mm long, white.

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: New Guinea present, Mt Wilhelmina present, many summits in East present
Malesia: New Guinea (Mt Wilhelmina in West, common on many summits in East), many collections. .

Notes

A distinctive species but clearly belonging to the Australasian assemblage.
Most plants, with their narrow leaves, are distinctly ericoid in appearance, and thus parallel representatives of many other typically non-ericoid groups that occur in alpine and subalpine regions of New Guinea.

Citation

HOOGL., Blumea. 1958: 223
RAVEN - in Blumea. 1967: f. 1 (map).
BORG-MANN - in Z. Bot. 1964: 124, 143