3. Cryptocarya yaanica N. Chao ex H. W. Li et al., Acta Phytotax. Sin. 17(2): 68. 1979.
雅安厚壳桂 ya an hou ke gui
Cryptocarya reticulata Yen C. Yang, J. W. China Border Res. Soc., Ser. B, 15: 70. 1945, not Blume (1851); Beilschmiedia yaanica (N. Chao ex H. W. Li et al.) N. Chao.
Trees, ca. 8 m tall. One-year-old branchlets brown-gray, glabrous, lenticellate; current year branchlets gray-green, striate, pubescent. Leaves alternate; petiole 5-10 mm, glabrous, sulcate adaxially; leaf blade gray-green abaxially, shiny and green adaxially, oblong-elliptic or oblong-lanceolate, 4.5-10.2 × 2-4.5 cm, leathery, glabrous on both surfaces, pinninerved, midrib elevated abaxially, slightly conspicuous adaxially, lateral veins 7-9 pairs, conspicuous on both surfaces, veins and veinlets densely reticulate, base cuneate, apex long acuminate, slightly falcate. Inflorescence paniculate or racemose, axillary, up to 4 × 1.5 cm, pubescent; peduncle 3-12 mm. Pedicels 1-4 mm, densely pubescent. Flowers greenish. Perianth lobes 6, broadly ovate or suborbicular, 2-2.5 × 1.5-2 mm, pubescent outside and inside. Fertile stamens 9; filaments hirsute, those of 3rd whorl each with 2 reniform glands at base, others glandless; anthers hirsute, 2-celled; cells of 1st and 2nd whorls introrse but those of 3rd whorl extrorse. Staminodes 3, sagittate, glabrous, subsessile. Ovary ovoid, glabrous, ca. 0.6 mm in diam.; style 1-1.2 mm; stigma subglobose. Fruit unknown.
● Roadsides. C Sichuan (Ya’an).
With regard to leaf venation, Cryptocarya yaanica is very similar to Beilschmiedia. Only flowering specimens were seen, so it will be necessary to see fruiting specimens in order to confirm the placement of this species.