Gesneriaceae Plants in Florescence
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1. Paraboea crassifolia (Hemsl.) Burtt
Photo by Zhou Chong-Jian and Wen Fang from Yiling district, Yichang, Hubei province
Mr. Zhou is an enthusiastic photographer of wild plants. When he visited a limestone area in Yichang, Hubei province, he was astonished by the effects of local road building and quarrying. Many suitable habitats of Gesneriaceae plants were destroying, lots of plants were disappearing. The following photographs of Paraboea crassifolia may be last ones. Fortunately, this species of Paraboea, commonly appears in the limestone areas of Chongqing city, W Hubei province and N Guizhou province.
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These Gesneriaceae plants and other plants will be totally destroyed in near future. Ex-situ is the best and only effective way for conserving those plants.

Following photographs show the different status of Paraboea crassifolia. The left and central are in a state of low humidity level and look dead. The right is in normal state. Once the constrictive plants acquire water, they will rapidly revive. It is a famous resurrection plant.
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2. Primulina fimbrisepala (Hand.-Mazz.) Y. Z. Wang
Primulina fimbrisepala is a rare cosmopolitic species in this genus, Primulina. We can discover this species from Guangdong to Jiangxi, China. Based on many botanists and Gesneriad enthusiasts understanding, it only can be found in the rock areas of weak acid, for example granite, shale or sandstone. However, we (GXIB) just discovered a kind of "P. fimbrisepala " with very similar plant and flower morphologies. What is the relationship between true Primulina fimbrisepala and new "Primulina fimbrisepala "? The DNA evidences hints two are very different. Thus, many works need to do in the near future.

Photographs below were taken in Nanling National Park, Ruyuan County, Guangdong.

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3. Oreocharis argyreia Chun ex K. Y. Pan var. angustifolia K.Y.Pan

The flowering time of Oreocharis argyreia var. angustifolia is obviously different to O. argyreia. But, while the flowers of O. argyreia are very beautiful and amazing, O. argyreia var. angustifolia is going further.

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4. Oreocharis magnidens Chun ex K. Y. Pan
This species also distributes in Guangxi, namely Shengtangshan Mountain, Jinxiu County. The best-known thing of Oreocharis magnidens is its lumpy-looking surfaces of leaf blades. How beautiful they are! The first photograph shows Primulina fimbrisepala and Oreocharis magnidens. They grow in the same locality.
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How to understand the size of it in very proper environment? Please see Dr. Wen's palm.

5.Paraboea dictyoneura (Hance) Burtt
Photo by Dr. Wen Fang from Yangshan County, Guangdong with Mr. Stephen Maciejewski. This species is very common in North of Guangdong, e.g. Lianzhou city, Liannan County, Yangshan County, etc.

The first photograph shows one kind of Paraboea dictyoneura habitat near a roadside so that those populations are easy to be interfered. The human in this picture is Mr. Stephen Maciejewski.

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