Name: Gentiana sino-ornata
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Distribution: China, S and W Sichuan, E Xizang, NW Yunnan [Myanmar]
Description: Perennials. Stems ascending, usually short branched, with several shoots not flowering, glabrous. Basal rosette leaves poorly developed; leaf blade narrowly triangular, 4-6 × 2-5 mm, base connate for 2-4 mm, margin scabrous, apex acute. Stem leaves incurved, larger and more crowded toward apex, uppermost surrounding calyx; leaf blade ± lanceolate, base connate for 2-3 mm, margin scabrous, apex acute, midvein distinct. Lower to middle stem leaves 7-10 × 2-2.5 mm; upper leaves 1-3.5 cm × 2-3 mm. Flowers terminal, solitary, sessile. Calyx tube narrowly obconic, 1.3-1.5 cm; lobes green, linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, 1.3-1.5 cm, margin scabrous, apex acute, midvein distinct. Corolla pale blue, usually pale yellow-white at base, with dark blue streaks and indistinct blue spots, obconic or obconic-tubular, 5-6 cm; lobes ovate, 7-8 mm, margin entire, apex obtuse; plicae ovate, 2-3 mm, margin entire, apex obtuse.
Altitude: 2800-4400 m
Size: 10-15 cm
Color: pale blue, usually pale yellow-white at base, with dark blue streaks and indistinct blue spots
Bloom: 5-10
Cultivation:
Propagation: seeds, cuttings
Photo: Mojmir Pavelka; China, Sichuan, Min Shan, 3600m