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62. Litsea pseudoelongata H. Liu, Laurac. Chine & Indochine. 179. 1934.

竹叶木姜子 zhu ye mu jiang zi

Litsea lii C. E. Chang; L. lii var. nunkaotahangensis (J. C. Liao) J. C. Liao; L. morrisonensis Hayata var. lii (C. E. Chang) S. S. Ying; L. nunkaotahangensis J. C. Liao.

Evergreen small trees, up to 10 m tall. Branchlets pubescent. Leaves alternate; petiole 5-9 mm, pubescent when young; leaf blade broadly linear, 7-12 × 1-2.5 cm, glaucous and sometimes ferruginous-yellow pubescent abaxially when young, glabrous adaxially, pinninerved, lateral veins 15-20 pairs, base acute and slightly decurrent, apex obtuse-acute. Umbels axillary, usually in cluster of 3-5 on short branchlets, male umbel 4-flowered; short branchlets 5-10 mm. Male flowers: pedicel short, pubescent; perianth segments 6, sometimes 4 or 8, ovate or elliptic; fertile stamens 9; filaments pubescent, of 3rd whorls each with 2 subsessile long ellipsoid glands at base; rudimentary pistil lacking. Fruit long ovoid, ca. 10 × 7-8 mm, acute at apex, seated on shallowly cup-shaped perianth tube; fruiting pedicel ca. 2 mm, pubescent. Fl. May-Jun, fr. Oct-Dec.

● Thickets, forests; 600-2400 m. S Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Taiwan.

According to the original descriptions and photographs of the types of Litsea lii and L. nunkaotahangensis, the two entities (except for the smaller fruits ca. 3 × 2.5 mm) are quite similar to L. pseudoelongata. Therefore, they have been reduced here to synonymy.


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