Shortia

Torrey & A. Gray
Amer. J. Sci. Arts 42: 48. 1842, name conserved ,.
Common names: Oconee bells little coltsfoot
Etymology: For Charles Wilkens Short, 1794–1863, Kentucky botanist
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 8. Treatment on page 334. Mentioned on page 332, 333.

Herbs, colonial, scapose, rhizomatous; rhizome slender, scale-leaved, lignescent. Stems erect, unbranched. Leaves basal, rosulate from rhizome buds, 30–80 mm; petiole present; blade orbiculate to elliptic-orbiculate, ovate-oblong, or ovate, margins coarsely crenate-serrate, apex emarginate to truncate, surfaces glabrous, pinnately veined. Scapes bracteate, elongating after flowering. Inflorescences solitary flowers. Flowers: sepals distinct; petals connate in proximal 1/4–1/2, corolla campanulate to funnelform, 15–25 mm, lobes white to rose-purple, margins obtusely toothed to laciniate or fringed; anthers 2-locular, without basal spurs, longitudinally dehiscent; filaments adnate to corolla tube; staminodes present. x = 6.

Distribution

se United States, e Asia.

Discussion

Species 6 (1 in the flora).

The Asian species of Shortia occur in Japan (three endemic), Taiwan and the Ryukyus (one endemic), and Yunnan Province, China (one endemic).

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Guy L. Nesom +
Torrey & A. Gray +
Oconee bells +  and little coltsfoot +
se United States +  and e Asia. +
For Charles Wilkens Short, 1794–1863, Kentucky botanist +
Amer. J. Sci. Arts +
barnes1990a +, davies1952a +, davies1955a +, hatley1977a +  and vivian1967a +
Shortia +
Diapensiaceae +