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Hypericum lancioides Cuatrec.
Section: sect. BrathysSubsection: subsect. Brathys
- holotype: COL - Cuatrecasas - 11721
- isotype: US - Cuatrecasas - 11721
- isotype: F - Cuatrecasas - 11721
Shrub c. 0.1-1 m tall, erect and bushy or ± decumbent and caespitose, branches strict, pseudo-dichotomous and lateral, or spreading (very rarely pinnate). Stems orange-brown, 6-lined and compressed when young, the subfoliar ridges broad, eventually terete, cortex splitting between and below subfoliar ridges; internodes 0.5-4(-6*) mm. Leaves sessile or rarely narrowing to a pseudopetiole up to 2 mm long, ascending to subimbricate, sometimes tetrastichous, deciduous above base (or pseudopetiole) after twisting spirally; lamina 7-15 x l-l.4(-4*) mm, very narrowly elliptic-oblong to linear incurved to canaliculate or rarely subconduplicate, ± markedly cucullate, midrib impressed beneath, margin distinct, narrowly to rather broader hyaline, concolorous, lucent beneath, undulate-subpapillose above, glaucous or not, coriaceous to somewhat succulent; apex acute, base angustate to parallel-sided, not or scarcely sheathing, pairs united to form narrow interfoliar ridge; basal vein 1, unbranched; laminar glandsrather sparse, usually visible above only but sometimes biseriate beneath. Inflorescence l(3)-flowered, with pseudo-dichotomous branches from node below and sometimes short, often congested, lateral branches (racemiform); pedicel absent or up to 4 mm long; upper leaves not transitional. Flowers 10-16 mm in diam., stellate. Sepals (5-)6-8 x 0.5-1.5 mm, oblanceolate-oblong to oblong or rarely linear, unequal to subequal, acute, cucullate, margin ± broadly hyaline; veins 3-5, unbranched or outer branched, all not or slightly prominent; glands linear, punctiform in upper third. Petals yellow, 8-11 x 2.5-4 mm, c. 1.5 x sepals, narrowly obovate-oblong; apiculus acute to acuminate; glands linear, distally punctiform. Stamens 25-40, longest 3.5-5 mm long, c. 0.5 x petals. Ovary 1.5-2.5 x 0.8-1.5 mm, ellipsoid to subglobose; styles 3(4), l-2(-3*) mm long, 0-5-0-9(-l-l*) x ovary, outcurved to suberect; stigmas broadly capitate. Capsule 4-5 x 1.5-2.5 mm, ovoid-ellipsoid to cylindric-eUipsoid, shorter than sepals. Seeds 0.8-1 mm long, ecarinate; testa finely scalariform.