According to morphological observation and literature consultation, a new species of Henckelia (Gesneriaceae), H. connata X. Z. Shi & Li H. Yang, is described and illustrated. This new species resembles H. dimidiata, but differs in its dilated and connate petiole bases (versus separated), longer peduncles (4–10 cm long versus 0.3–2.2 cm long) and pedicels (1.5–4.0 cm long versus up to 1 cm long), lanceolate to triangular bracts (versus ovate), of smaller size (4–7 × 3–5 mm versus up to 16 × 13 mm), bluish purple to light blue corolla tube (versus yellow) and pubescence on most organs (glabrous or sparsely pubescent).
Henckelia connata (Gesneriaceae), a new species from eastern Himalayas, China
Publication: Nordic Journal of Botany