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4. Meliosma flexuosa Pampanini, Nuovo Giorn. Bot. Ital. n.s., 17: 423. 1910.

垂枝泡花树 chui zhi pao hua shu

Meliosma dilleniifolia (Wallich ex Wight & Arnott) Walpers subsp. flexuosa (Pampanini) Beusekom; M. pendens Rehder & E. H. Wilson.

Trees small, to 5 m tall, deciduous. Buds, young branches, midveins of young leaves, and peduncles slightly brownish pilose, usually with 2 buds in leaf axil. Leaves simple; petiole 5-20 mm, concave adaxially, base slightly enlarged; leaf blade obovate or obovate-elliptic, 6-12(-20) × 3-3.5(-10) cm, membranous, both surfaces sparsely pubescent, lateral veins 12-18 pairs, attenuate from middle to base, margin serrate, apex acuminate or abruptly acuminate. Panicle terminal, pendulous, 12-18 × 7-22(-25) cm; peduncle and branches zigzag. Pedicel 1-3 mm. Flowers 3-4 mm in diam. Sepals 5, ovate or broadly ovate, 1-1.5 mm, outer one very small, ciliate. Petals white: 3 outer ones suborbicular, 2.5-3 mm wide; 2 inner ones ca. 0.5 mm, bifid to half at an obtuse angle; apex of lobes ciliate, sometimes 3-lobed, and middle lobe very small. Fertile stamens 1.5-2 mm. Pistil ca. 1 mm; ovary glabrous. Drupes obovoid, ca. 5 mm; endocarp oblique, midrib prominent. Fl. May-Jun, fr. Jul-Sep.

● Forests; 600-2800 m. Anhui, Fujian, N Guangdong, Guizhou, Henan, W Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, S Shaanxi, E Sichuan, Zhejiang.


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