Comprehensive Description

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Paepalanthus mellii Moldenke, sp. nov
Stems elongate, slender, simple, 7-8 cm. long, equally foliose throughout; leaves alti I rather dark-green, broadly linear, 1.5-2.5 em. long, about 3 mm. wide at the middle, spreading, clasping at base, abruptly acute, many-nerved, sparsely long-pilose and minutely puberulenl on both surfaces, glabrescent in age; peduncles densely aggregate at apex of the stem, aboul 17, 2-7.5 cm. long, 3-costate, twisted, pilose with short appressed whitish hairs; sheaths rather loose, 1-2 em. long, slightly twisted, spreading-pilose, the blade erect and acute; heads small, white, obconic, 2-4 mm. in diameter; involucral bractlets pale-stramineous, elliptic, acute or acuminate, glabrous; receptacle villose; receptacular bractlets whitish, elliptic, aeumii; glabrous; staminate florets: sepals 3, connate toward base, stramineous at apex, hyaline below, ^elliptic, concave-conduplieate, acuminate, glabrous; petal-tube hyaline, its lobes 3, hyaline; ^t^nens 3; anthers white; pistillate florets: sepals 3, almost free, pale-stramineous above, hyaline*below, elliptic, conduplicate-concave, acuminate, glabrous; corolla-lobes tiny, hyaline, glabrous.
Caule erecto folioso; foliis planis linearibus; capitulis albis solitariis obconicis; bracteis involucri pallide stramineis; floribus trimeris.
Type collected at Minatitlan, Veracruz. Mexico, November 28, 1928, C. D. Mell (herb. X. V. Bot. Gard i.
Distribution: Known only from the type collection.
bibliographic citation
Albert Charles Smith, Harold Norman Moldenke, Edward Johnston Alexander. 1937. XYRIDALES. North American flora. vol 19(1). New York Botanical Garden, New York, NY
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