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1. Aspidopterys A. Jussieu ex Endlicher, Gen. Pl. 1060. 1840.

盾翅藤属 dun chi teng shu

Woody lianas or lianoid shrubs. Leaves opposite, entire, eglandular; stipule absent or small and deciduous. Inflorescences paniculate, rarely a raceme or cyme, axillary or terminal; peduncles articulated distally; pedicels usually bracteolate. Flowers 5-merous, bisexual, actinomorphic. Sepals 5, sometimes connate at base, eglandular. Petals 5, yellow or white, not clawed, entire, explanate or recurved. Stamens 10; filaments filiform, free or sometimes connate at base; anthers basifixed. Ovary 3-lobed, lobes abaxially flattened, margins ± winged; styles 3, free; stigma capitate. Samaras 3, often attached by a carpophore, each 3-winged; lateral wings connate forming 1 large wing, orbicular to oblong, membranous or leathery, palmately veined, sometimes shortly crested at middle; abaxial wing well developed or absent. Seeds cylindric, located at center of samara.

About 20 species: tropical Asia; nine species (five endemic) in China.

1 Samara oblong, oblong-lanceolate, or ovate-elliptic, length conspicuously longer than width   (2)
+ Samara orbicular to suborbicular, length slightly longer than or equaling width   (4)
2 (1) Lianoid shrubs, not ferruginous pubescent; pedicels ca. 8 mm.   2 A. floribunda
+ Lianas, ferruginous pubescent; pedicels 2-6 mm   (3)
3 (2) Pedicels 4-6 mm; ovary sparsely hirsute; samara oblong.   1 A. henryi
+ Pedicels 2-2.5 mm; ovary glabrous; samara ovate-elliptic.   3 A. glabriuscula
4 (1) Plant glabrescent; leaf blade abaxially glabrous, base of midrib sometimes puberulent   (5)
+ Plant with a persistent pubescence; leaf blade abaxially tomentose or sericeous pubescent   (7)
5 (4) Leaf blade ovate-elliptic to oblong, midrib base abaxially puberulent.   5 A. concava
+ Leaf blade variously subcordate to ovate, midrib base abaxially glabrous   (6)
6 (5) Leaf blade 7-12 × 4.5-6 cm; cymose panicles terminal.   9 A. microcarpa
+ Leaf blade 11-25 × 8-15 cm; racemose panicles axillary.   6 A. cavaleriei
7 (4) Leaf blade abaxially sericeous pubescent.   8 A. nutans
+ Leaf blade abaxially tomentose   (8)
8 (7) Leaf blade ovate to ovate-lanceolate, apex caudate-acuminate.   4 A. esquirolii
+ Leaf blade suborbicular to obcordate, apex retuse-acuminate.   7 A. obcordata

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