3. Sageretia paucicostata Maximowicz, Trudy Imp. S.-Peterburgsk. Bot. Sada. 11: 101. 1890.
少脉雀梅藤 shao mai que mei teng
Sageretia tibetica Pax & K. Hoffmann.
Shrubs or rarely small trees, erect, to 6 m tall. Young branches yellow tomentose, glabrescent; branchlets opposite or subopposite, spinescent. Leaves alternate or subopposite; petiole 4-6 mm, rarely longer, puberulent; leaf blade abaxially yellow-green, adaxially deep green, elliptic or obovate-elliptic, 2.5-4.5 × 1.4-2.5 cm, papery, both surfaces glabrous, lateral veins 2 or 3(or 4) pairs, major veins ± prominent abaxially, impressed adaxially, base cuneate or subrounded, margin serrulate, with hooklike recurved teeth, apex obtuse or rounded, rarely acute, slightly emarginate. Flowers sessile or subsessile, glabrous, solitary or 2- or 3-fascicled in lax spikes or spicate panicles, often inserted at ends of lateral branches or in axils of upper leaves; rachis glabrous. Sepals triangular, fleshy, apex acute. Petals spatulate, shorter than sepals, apex slightly emarginate. Stamens longer than petals; anthers globose. Ovary compressed-globose, immersed in disk, 3-loculed, with 1 ovule per locule; style short, thick; stigma large, 3-fid. Drupe black or black-purple when mature, obovoid-globose or globose, 5-8 mm in diam., with 3 pyrenes. Seeds compressed, emarginate at both ends. Fl. May-Sep, fr. Jul-Oct.
● Sparse forests on slopes or in valleys, thickets. Gansu, Hebei, Henan, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Sichuan, E Xizang, Yunnan.
Previous authors identified this as Sageretia pycnophylla in error; this species has large, not shiny leaves, 2 or 3 pairs of lateral veins, and longer petioles.