5. Rhamnus henryi C. K. Schneider in Sargent, Pl. Wilson. 2: 244. 1914.
毛叶鼠李 mao ye shu li
Frangula henryi (C. K. Schneider) Grubov.
Trees 3-10 m tall. Young branches puberulent, glabrescent; older branchlets sparsely pubescent, apex with ferruginous or brownish tomentose naked buds. Petiole 1.2-3.5 cm, puberulent; leaf blade adaxially dark green, shiny, narrowly elliptic or oblong-elliptic, 7-19 × 2.5-8 cm, papery, abaxially ± densely grayish to yellowish tomentose, adaxially glabrous or sparsely puberulent on midvein, lateral veins 9-13 pairs, prominent abaxially, slightly impressed adaxially, base cuneate, margin slightly revolute, subentire, or inconspicuously remotely denticulate, apex acuminate. Flowers few, in axillary cymes or cymose racemes, nearly sessile or with peduncles 2-12 mm, sparsely puberulent. Pedicels 3-6 mm, hairy. Sepals triangular, adaxially pubescent on midvein. Petals obcordate, apex deeply emarginate. Stamens longer than petals. Ovary globose, glabrous, rarely hairy, 3-loculed; style undivided, stigma 3-lobed. Drupe purple-black at maturity, obovoid-globose, ca. 5 mm, 5-7 mm in diam., apex emarginate, with 3 one-seeded stones; fruiting pedicel 7-11 mm, sparsely puberulent. Seeds brown, shiny, obovoid, ca. 3 mm. Fl. May-Aug, fr. Jul-Oct.
● Mixed forests, thickets; 1200-2800 m. Guangxi, Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan.
This species is easy to distinguish by its large, abaxially gray-white or yellowish tomentose leaves, with usually entire margin and 9-13 pairs of lateral veins.