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15. Taxillus balansae (Lecomte) Danser, Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 3. 11: 445. 1931.

栗毛钝果寄生 li mao dun guo ji sheng

Loranthus balansae Lecomte, Notul. Syst. (Paris) 3: 73. 1914; L. tienyensis H. L. Li.

Shrubs 1-2 m tall, young stems and leaves tomentose, soon becoming glabrous, hairs dark chestnut brown, densely verticillate. Branches gray, scattered lenticellate. Leaves opposite or subopposite; petiole 5-7 mm; leaf blade ovate-oblong or ovate, 2.5-6 × 1.5-3.5 cm, leathery, both surfaces glabrescent, lateral veins 3 or 4 pairs, base broadly cuneate to rounded, apex obtuse. Umbels mostly solitary, sometimes at leafless nodes, 2-4-flowered; peduncle 2.5-5 mm, dark chestnut brown tomentose. Pedicel 6-8 mm. Calyx ellipsoid or ovoid, 2.5-3 mm, limb annular. Mature bud 3.5-4 cm, tip ovoid, rounded. Corolla slightly curved, hairy, basal part inflated, lobes spatulate, ca. 8 mm, reflexed. Filaments ca. 1 mm; anthers ca. 2 mm. Stigma capitate. Berry ellipsoid, 9-10 × 4-5 mm, granulose, pilose. Fl. and fr. Jan-Dec.

Forests, mountain slopes, valleys; 400-1200 m. Guangxi, SE Yunnan [Vietnam].

Recorded hosts include Aleurites moluccana, Engelhartia roxburghiana, Liquidambar formosana, Rhoiptelea chiliantha, Schima superba, and species of Fagaceae and Magnoliaceae.


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