Photographer : David Rankin
(NW Yunnan and neighbouring regions) Closely related to M. venusta (qv.) but distinguished by more egg shaped fruit capsules ( M. venusta they are long and thin) This is a small plant (20 cms or less) with many rich purple flowers with orange anthers borne on leafless and partially agglutinosed (flower stems partially stuck together) scapes. The leaves are variably lobed. The fruit capsule is short and narrow.
Seed has recently been collected (as was M. venusta) and is another difficult purple flowered Chinese species, slow growing and vulnerable to fungal infections.
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