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Hypericum empetrifolium tortuosum (Hypericum empetrifolium tortuosum)


Subshrub or dwarf shrub,0.1–0.6 m tall,with stems rather stout to slender,erect to prostrate,branching and rooting at base,with branches ascending to strict along stem,with short axillary shoots from median and upper nodes.Stems 3-lined,eglandular;internodes 2–20 mm,shorter than to exceeding leaves.Leaves 3-verticillate,spreading,sessile to very shortly petiolate,glaucous beneath,(2–)4–12 × 0.5–2 mm,narrowly linear,apex rounded,margin revolute,base rounded,1-veined;laminar glands pale,scattered;intramarginal glands not seen.Inflorescence 1–40-flowered,from 1–4 nodes,lax,cylindric,10–100 mm long,without subsidiary branches below;bracts and bracteoles reduced-foliar,entire.Flowers 8–20 mm in diam.;buds globose.Sepals equal,basally united,not imbricate,1–2.5 × 0.5–1 mm,oblong to elliptic or oblanceolate,obtuse to rounded;veins 3,not prominent;margin with regular or irregular sessile globose black glands;laminar glands pale,linear to striiform.Petals bright yellow,not tinged red,deciduous,5–10 × 2–3 mm,5 × sepals,narrowly oblanceolate;marginal glands absent;laminar glands pale,few,shortly striiform or absent.Stamens 25–60,longest 5–8 mm,0.8–1 × petals,deciduous.Ovary 1.5–2 × 1–1.2 mm,ovoid;styles 3–4.5 mm,c.2 × ovary.Capsule 4–6 × 3–4 mm,ovoid;valves with narrow dorsal vittae and oblique swollen interrupted lateral vittae.Seeds reddish brown,c.1.5 mm long,cylindric to ellipsoid,papillose.

Taxonomic tree

  • Domain: Eukarya

    • Kingdom: Plantae

      • Phylum:

        • Class: Magnoliopsida

          • Order: Malpighiales

            • Family: Hypericaceae

              • Genus: Hypericum