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Hypericum connatum Lam.
Section: sect. TrigynobrathysSubsection: subsect. Connatum
Subshrub or perennial herb with woody base, 0.23-1 m tall, erect, 1-stemmed or branched from base with branches erect, lateral and rarely pseudo-dichotomous. Stems dull red- brown, 4(6)-lined and ancipitous when young, soon terete, cortex exfoliating irregularly; internodes 10-50 mm long, usually exceeding leaves. Leaves perfoliate, spreading or cyathiform; lamina 10-24(-30) x 12-34(-40) mm, ovate- deltoid to semicircular, margin revolute, incrassate, paler beneath, densely glaucous beneath or on both sides, coriaceous; apex obtuse-apiculate to rounded, bases completely connate or almost so; basal veins 1(3), midrib pinnately branched with3-4 main laterals, tertiary reticulum dense; laminar glands dense, slightly prominent beneath. Inflorescence c. 10-∞-flowered, rarely pseudo-dichotomous after first flower, otherwise dichasial/monochasial from upper node, very rarely with 1-2 lateral branches from the nodes below, the whole corymbiform; primary pedicels 1.5-5 mm long; bracts and bracteoles linear-lanceolate to subulate. Flowers 10-24 mm in diam., stellate; buds ovoid, acute. Sepals 6-8 x 2.5-3.5 mm, unequal, imbricate, ovate or rhombic to elliptic or spathulate, acuminate to acute; veins 5- 7, midrib or all slightly prominent; glands linear, punctiform in distal 2/3. Petals yellow to orange, 5-13 x 3-4 mm, 1.5-3 x sepals, oblong-oblanceolate to obovate; apiculus obsolete; glands linear, distally interrupted. Stamens 50-60 (-c. 100), obscurely 5-fascicled, shortly monadelphous, longest 3-5 mm long, 0.3-0.4 x petals. Ovary 2-2.5 x 1.5-2 mm, ovoid; styles 5(4), 2.5-3 mm long, c. 1.2 x ovary, spreading; stigma clavate to subcapitate. Capsule 5-6 x 4-5 mm, subglobose, shortly rostrate, almost equalling sepals. Seeds 0.7-1 mm long; testa ribbed-scalariform.