70. Euonymus microcarpus (Oliver ex Loesener) Sprague, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew. 1908: 35. 1908.
小果卫矛 xiao guo wei mao
Euonymus chinensis Lindley var. microcarpus Oliver ex Loesener, Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 30: 456. 1902; E. aureovirens Handel-Mazzetti.
Deciduous small trees to shrubs, 3-8 m tall; branches greenish gray, terete, sturdy, twigs greenish, terete. Petiole subsessile to 10 mm, sturdy; leaf blade thinly leathery, ovate to ovate-elliptic or ovate-linear, 4.5-6.3 × (1-)2-3 cm, base attenuate, suborbicular, or acute, margin entire, apex obtuse or acute; lateral veins fine, straight, veinlets obvious, not impressed adaxially but prominent abaxially, both disappearing before reaching margin. Peduncle 2-3 cm, 1-3 × dichotomously branched, several flowered; pedicel ca. 5 mm. Flowers 4-merous, 6-7 mm in diam.; sepals semiorbicular, very small; petals white-green, suborbicular. Capsule rhombic, 4-angled, base truncate, apex emarginate, pinkish or reddish when fresh, brown or yellow-brown to red-brown when dry, 4-5 × 9-10 mm. Seeds ovoid, dark brown, partially covered by orange aril. Fl. Apr-May, fr. Jul-Oct.
● Forests, scrub; 300-2600 m. Henan, Hubei, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Xizang, ?Yunnan.
The distribution report from Yunnan has not been confirmed.