pubipetalum E. M. Marais
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South Afr. J. Bot. 63, 1997, 82-89.
Deciduous geophyte, with a regular subterranean tuber.
Radical, regularly pinnatisect, petiolate, lamina elliptic in outline, 35-40 mm long, pinnae 10-25 x 5-9 mm long, abaxially sometimes purple, irregularly pinnatilobed or pinnatisect, segments 1-3 mm wide, apices obtuse. Adaxially and abaxially densely hirsute with appressed stiff hairs. Petiole 20-60 mm, erecto-patent. Stipules subulate, adnate to petioles with only the apices free.
Scape very short, 10-15 mm long, bearing 2-4 pseudo-umbellets, each 2-4(-7)-flowered. Pedicel cca. 0.5 mm.
5, lanceolate, apices acute, 7-10 x 1-3 mm, posterior erect, others patent. Hypanthium 9-15 mm.
5, white, adaxially and abaxially covered with soft hairs, claws forming a sheath and apices patent during anthesis. Posterior two with wine-red feather-like markings or blotches, ligulate, laterally slightly curved, 21-26 x 2.5-3 mm, claws 9-10 mm long. Anterior three with small markings, ligulate, 20-26 x 2-3 mm, bases attenuate, apices rounded.
5 fertile, posterior one 1.5-2 mm, lateral two 4-5, anterior two 5-7 mm, shorter than the sepals.
Marais E. M. (1997).
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