8. Taxillus sericus Danser, Blumea. 2: 50. 1936.
龙陵钝果寄生 long ling dun guo ji sheng
Shrubs 0.5-1 m tall, young stems tomentose, glabrescent, hairs brown, stellate. Branches grayish brown, lenticellate. Leaves alternate or subopposite; petiole 10-15 mm; leaf blade oblong-ovate or broadly oblong, 6-10 × 2.5-4.5 cm, slightly leathery to leathery, both surfaces rapidly glabrescent, lateral veins 5 or 6 pairs, veins and reticulate veins prominent on both surfaces, base cuneate, slightly decurrent, apex shortly acuminate or acute. Umbels 1-3, sometimes at leafless nodes, 2-4-flowered; peduncle 2.5-4 mm; bracts ovate, ca. 1 mm. Pedicel 3-4 mm, pilose. Calyx ellipsoid, 2.5-3 mm, brown stellate tomentose, limb annular. Mature bud 2-3 cm, tip enlarged, ellipsoid. Corolla reddish yellow, slightly curved, with adpressed stellate hairs, basal part inflated, lobes lanceolate, 7-8 mm, reflexed. Filaments ± absent to ca. 1 mm; anthers 3-4 mm. Stigma capitate. Berry yellowish, ellipsoid, ca. 8 × 5 mm, granulose, glabrous. Fl. and fr. Aug-Feb.
Forests, mountain slopes; 1500-2700 m. ?SE Xizang, W Yunnan [Sikkim].
Recorded hosts include Alnus nepalensis and species of Betula and Fagaceae.