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1. Drypetes perreticulata Gagnepain, Bull. Soc. Bot. France. 71: 260. 1924.

网脉核果木 wang mai he guo mu

Trees up to 16 m tall, to 30 cm d.b.h.; bark gray-yellowish, smooth; branchlets angulate, brown pubescent when young, glabrescent. Stipules linear; petiole 3-6 mm, puberulent, glabrescent; leaf blade ovate, elliptic, or oblong, 4.5-12 × 2.5-6 cm, leathery, mostly glabrous, sometimes midrib pubescent when young, base broadly cuneate or rounded, oblique, margin with distal 1/2 sparsely obtusely serrate, apex acute; lateral veins 6-8 pairs, reticulate veins dense and prominent. Male flowers axillary, usually 2 or 3 together, with several bractlets at base; pedicels very short; sepals 4, obovate or oblong, 4.5-6.5 mm, slightly unequal, slightly thickened; disk flattened; stamens ca. 25; filaments flattened, slightly wider at base; anthers oblong; rudimentary ovary absent. Female flowers axillary, usually solitary; sepals and disk as in male; ovary ovoid, 1-celled. Drupes ovoid or ellipsoid, 1.8-2.5 × 1.4-1.8 cm, smooth, glabrous, dark red when ripe; exocarp leathery; mesocarp fleshy; endocarp woody, thinner than mesocarp, 1-seeded. Seeds ovoid, ca. 15 mm; testa crustaceous. Fl. Jan-Mar, fr. May-Oct.

Evergreen forests; below 800 m. Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Yunnan [Thailand, Vietnam].

The wood is used for making vehicles, machinery, building timber, etc.


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