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Saussurea macrota Franchet
Sichuan: Xiangcheng Xian. Yibailingba Gou. Off road from Xiangcheng to Daocheng, ca. 20 km from Xiangcheng. Gorge with steep slopes, running perpendicular to road and tributary of Suoqu He. Vegetation of large Pinus, Abies and Picea and mixed smaller, broadleaved deciduous trees of Acer, Prunus spp., Rhamnus, Sageretia, Syringa, Betula, etc. throughout and large trees of Populus along stream. 29°4'33"N, 99°55'8"E; 3150-3240 m.
On steep shale slope in forest. Only a single plant found, shade form?; immature; involucral bracts green; flower buds pale purple.
David E. Boufford, Julian F. Harber & Qia WANG
43242 25 August 2013

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