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1. Tetracera scandens (Linnaeus) Merrill, Interpr. Herb. Amboin. 365. 1917.

毛果锡叶藤 mao guo xi ye teng

Tragia scandens Linnaeus, Herb. Amboin. 18. 1754; Delima sarmentosa Linnaeus.

Evergreen woody climbers to 30 m. Young branchlets densely pubescent, glabrescent. Petiole 1-1.5 cm, pubescent; leaf blade ovate or obovate, 4-10 × 2.5-5 cm, leathery, scabrous, abaxially brown hispid, scaberulose, adaxially sparsely setose, with strumose protuberance, secondary veins 9-12, approximately parallel, obviously prominent on abaxial surface, slightly depressed on adaxial surface, veinlets unclear, base rounded, often oblique, apex rounded or obtuse, sometimes slightly acute. Panicles terminal, 10-20 cm, many flowered; peduncle and pedicels pubescent; bracts lanceolate, 4-6 mm, hairy; bractlets linear-lanceolate, 2-3 mm, hairy. Flowers 6-8 mm in diam. Sepals 4 or 5, ovate, 3-4 mm, abaxially pubescent, persistent in fruit, slightly curved, apex rounded. Petals 3, white, slightly longer than sepals, deciduous. Stamens numerous, as long as sepals. Carpels 1(or 2), densely gray pubescent; ovules several. Follicles ovate, ca. 1 cm, apex with persistent bent beaklike style, ± pubescent. Seeds 1 or 2, 3-4 mm; aril fringed, enclosing base of seeds.

Yunnan [India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam].


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