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Name: Gentiana georgei
Distribution: Grassland slopes, alpine meadows; China, S Gansu, S Qinghai, N Sichuan, NW Yunnan.
Description: Perennials. Taproot short, stout. Stems ascending 2-3 cm, simple, glabrous; caudex sheathed by black membranous remnants of old petiole. Leaf blade sometimes folded, base slightly broadened, margin cartilaginous and scabrous, apex acuminate, midvein distinct. Basal rosette leaves well developed; petiole to 1 cm, membranous; leaf blade lanceolate, ensiform-lanceolate, or ovate-triangular, 4-8 cm × 3-13 mm. Stem leaves 2-4 pairs, upper leaves 2 (or 3) pairs, surrounding calyx; petiole to 6 mm, membranous; leaf blade lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, 1.5-4 cm × 3-8 mm. Flowers terminal, solitary, sessile. Calyx tube obconic, 1.2-2 cm, membranous; lobes lanceolate, elliptic, or elliptic-triangular, 0.7-1.7 cm, unequal, margin and midvein cartilaginous and scabrous, apex acuminate to obtuse. Corolla ruddy purple, with paler base when fresh, usually without spots and stripes, campanulate, 4-6 cm; lobes broadly ovate, 7-10 mm, margin entire, apex rounded and cuspidate; plicae ovate, 3-5 mm, margin entire, apex obtuse.
Altitude: 3000-4200 m
Size: 5-7 cm
Color: ruddy purple, with paler base when fresh, usually without spots and stripes
Bloom: 8-11
Propagation: seeds
Photo: Mojmir Pavelka; China, Sichuan, Min Shan