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1. Taxillus delavayi (Tieghem) Danser, Verh. Kon. Ned. Akad. Wetensch., Afd. Natuurk. 29(6): 123. 1933.

柳树寄生 liu shu ji sheng

Shrubs 0.5-1 m tall. Branches blackish, conspicuously angular when dried, often very minutely transversely wrinkled, young branchlets glabrous. Leaves alternate, sometimes subopposite or a few fascicled on short shoots; petiole 2-4 mm; leaf blade ovate, or elliptic to lanceolate, 3-5 × 1.5-2 cm, leathery, both surfaces glabrous, lateral veins 3 or 4 pairs, base cuneate, slightly decurrent, apex obtuse. Umbels solitary or 2 together, sometimes at leafless node, 2-4-flowered; peduncle 0-2 mm; bracts ovate, ca. 2 mm, glabrous, rarely long bearded at tip. Pedicel 1-6 mm. Calyx ellipsoid, ca. 2.5 mm, limb annular, entire or minutely 4-toothed. Mature bud 2-3 cm, tip ellipsoid. Corolla red, slightly curved, glabrous, lobes lanceolate, 3-9 mm, reflexed. Filaments ca. 2 mm; anthers 1.5-4 mm. Stigma capitate. Berry yellow or orange, ellipsoid, 8-10 × ca. 4 mm. Fl. Feb-Jul, fr. May-Sep.

Forests, mountain slopes; 1500-3500 m. NW Guangxi, W Guizhou, Sichuan, E Xizang, Yunnan [Myanmar, N Vietnam].

1 Pedicel 1-2 mm; corolla lobes ca. 3 mm; anthers ca. 1.5 mm.   1c var. yanjingensis
+ Pedicel 4-6 mm; corolla lobes 6-9 mm; anthers 3-4 mm.   (2)
2 (1) Bracts with long-bearded tips.   1b var. barbatus
+ Bracts glabrous.   1a var. delavayi


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