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Gentiana macrophylla var. fetissowii

Gentiana macrophylla var. fetissowii

There isn't too much online about this taxon, either under its current name or its sometimes-used synonym, Gentiana wutaiensis. I was able to find a photograph of it in flower in this gallery of images from Utrecht Botanical Garden (under Gentiana wutaiensis). Variety fetissowii apparently differs from the slightly-more-common-in-cultivation Gentiana macrophylla var. macrophylla by the shape and length of its flowers and relative length of its calyx. Seems like I'll have to photograph it in flower sometime to help alleviate the paucity of images.

As you'll have noticed if you clicked on the above link, a Flora of China account exists for this Chinese and Kazakhstani plant: Gentiana macrophylla var. fetissowii. However, if you don't have the chance to visit China or Kazakhstan anytime soon, one of the few places elsewhere in the world to see it is UBC Botanical Garden.

Cell biology resource link: The Inner Life of the Cell is a (large) Flash movie demonstrating cellular activities. My favourite is the Golgi apparatus, though it makes a too-brief appearance. I'm not going to pretend that I know about everything that is being demonstrated, but it certainly makes me curious to learn more – with something like this at hand, I might have managed a better grade in Cell Biology. Sent along by Dr. Andrew Riseman.


Gentiana wutaiensis - Z7 - RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths

wow, what a great picture. very nice lighting. I really like the composition with the moss on the rock in the backround. Thank you for posting.

Thanks for the inner life of the cell animation. It is fabulous and certainly makes me want to know more about how the different parts move.

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