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6. Hippophaë neurocarpa S. W. Liu & T. N. He, Acta Phytotax. Sin. 16(2): 107. 1978.

肋果沙棘 lei guo sha ji

Shrubs or dwarf trees, usually flat-topped, 0.6-3.5 m tall. Leafy stems slender, unbranched, spine tipped. Leaves alternate; leaf blade abaxially silvery, 2-6(-8) × 0.2-0.4 cm, margin revolute or flat. Fruit brown or yellowish red, ± cylindric, distinctly curved, with 5-7 ribs, 5.5-8(-9) × 3-4 mm, silvery scaly. Endocarp difficult to separate from seed. Seed cylindric, curved, 4-6 mm, surface mat, longitudinally ridged. 2n = 24*.

● Valley bottoms, flood plains, river banks and terraces; 3400-4400 m. Qinghai, Sichuan, Xizang.

The flat-topped habit and obviously curved fruit make Hippophae neurocarpa very easy to identify.

1 New shoots with scales only; leaf margin narrowly revolute; fruit brown.   6a subsp. neurocarpa
+ New shoots pilose, hairs caducous; leaf margin flat; fruit red to yellow.   6b subsp. stellatopilosa


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