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ericae can be recognized by having the following traits: (1) a sericeous dorsiventral vegetative shoot, with short internodes; (2) the larger leaf in a pair oblanceolate, adaxially green, abaxially green less often reddish with contrasting red or deep purple in the apical 1/3 or 1/5 of the foliar area, 11 veins (rarely 7-14); (3) inflorescences with two to three pedicellate flowers usually adpressed to the ventral side of the vegetative shoot, bracts lanceolate, 1-3.
5 mm wide, broadly obtuse or rounded, abaxially tomentose or loosely sericeous over the whole surface or nearly glabrous toward margin and ciliate on margin, adaxially glabrous, appressed in anthesis; glands 8, 1.
biocellata the laminas are initially sericeous adaxially with sessile, straight, more or less appressed hairs but soon glabrate except often persistently sericeous on the midrib.
Cataphylls linear, pungent, thinly sericeous or lacking tomentum,
Leaf texture Membranaceous Papyraceous Leaf shape Lorate Oblanceolate Leaf apex Attenuate Acuminate Leaf margin Teeth hidden by Teeth hidden by the indument the indument Leaf adaxial indument Golden sericeous with Golden sparsely setulose sericeous with white hairs sparsely Leaf abaxial Green or Green with color pattern totally reddish contrasting with purple toward contrasting the apex deep purple setulose white hairs Number flowers/ 1-2 1-4 inflorescence Bracts shape Lanceolate Oblanceolate Pedicel length 3.
Calyx with unequal sericeous lobes, the lateral ones are rounded and smaller; the fourth one is larger and with a gibbous base.
DESCRIPTION: Body small, elongate oval; dorsum provided with simple dark setae and sericeous pubescence.
Aoplonema lopidium is further considered to belong into Aoplonema because the vestiture is composed of two types of setae: simple decumbent and sericeous (characters 0-1) (Fig.