Full name and orig. publication: Pseudochirita W.T.Wang, Bull. Bot. Res., Harbin, 1: 21 (Dec. 1983).

Etymology: Composed of the Greek ψευδος, pseudos = false, and the generic name Chirita

Description: Perennial herbs to 1 m tall, sericeous all over. Leaves opposite, slightly anisophyllous, petiolate, lamina ovate or elliptic, serrate. Cymes axillary, pedunculate, with few to several flowers; bracteoles oval to suborbicular. Sepals connate, forming a campanulate calyx, lobes rounded. Corolla white, limb bilabiate, upper lip 2-lobed, lower lip 3-lobed, lobes rounded. Stamens 2; filaments inserted at middle of corolla tube, filiform, slightly curved; anthers basifixed, coherent, thecae parallel, longicidally dehiscent, locules not confluent at apex; staminodes 2. Nectary annular. Ovary slender cylindrical; stigma unequally bilobed. Capsule slender cylindrical, loculicidally dehiscent.

Chromosome number: Unknown.

Type and only species: Pseudochirita guangxiensis (S.Z.Huang) W.T.Wang, with two varieties.

Species names (incl. publication and synonyms): See Skog, L.E. & J.K. Boggan. 2005: World checklist of Gesneriaceae:

Distribution: S China (C & W Guangxi), Vietnam. 

Ecology: Growing in forests on limestone hills.

Selected references: Wang et al. in Wu & Raven (eds.), Fl. China 18: 293 (1998); Wei & Liu, Acta Phytotax. Sin. 42: 555-556 (2004), new var.

Bibliography: See Skog, L.E. & J.K. Boggan. 2005. Bibliography of the Gesneriaceae. 2nd edition:


Pseudochirita guangxiensis (S.Z.Huang) W.T.Wang var, type and only species.

Ying T.S. et al., The endemic genera of seed plants in China, Fig. 122 (1993); with permission. 

Pseudochirita guangxiensis (S.Z.Huang) W.T.Wang var. guangxiensis, type variety

Li Z.Y & Wang Y.Z., Plants of Gesneriaceae in China, Figs. 1.97 and 1.98 (2004); with permission.

Pseudochirita guangxiensis (S.Z.Huang) W.T.Wang var. glauca Y.G Wei et Yan Liu

Li Z.Y & Wang Y.Z., Plants of Gesneriaceae in China, Figs. 1.101 and 1.102 (2004); with permission.


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