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Hypericum bellum Liin J. Arn. Arb. 25: 308. 1944; Robson in J. Roy. Hort. Soc. 95: 491. 1970.


Shrubs, 30 - 60 cm high, glabrous with horizontal rhizomes; stems erect, terete, reddish brown, simple or branched from the base. Leaves sessile, 3 - 5 x 2 - 4 cm, ovate-cordate, subcordate to cordate at base, rounded to emerginate at apex, olive green on drying; lateral veins 2 - 4 pairs on both sides ascending near margins, conspicu-ously reticulate on both sides. Inflorescences terminal, 2 - 3-flowered umbels, rarely solitary, glabrous, sessile or on 1.2 cm long peduncles; pedicels 1 - 2.5 cm long; bracts and bracteoles up to 1.2 x 0.5 cm, ovate-oblong, acuminate. Sepals 5 - 7 x 3 - 7 mm, ovate-rounded, persistent. Petals golden yellow, 1.8 x 1 - 3 cm, obovate, rounded. Stamens many; filaments up to 7 mm long. Ovary 6 - 7 mm long, ovoid; styles 5, free, 3 mm long. Capsules 1.2 - 1.4 cm long, ovoid with persistent styles.

Fl. & Fr. June - Aug.

Distrib. China(Yunnan), mainly from type locality.

Notes. Robson (1970) casually mentioned the distribution from Assam probably based on a specimen Walong(Assam) Kingdon-ward 20218, 25.9.1950 (BM, n.v.). A thorough search of materials from Indian herbaria proved unsuccessful. It seems to have been collected only once from that locality.




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