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8. Memecylon pauciflorum Blume, Mus. Bot. 1: 356. 1851.

少花谷木 shao hua gu mu

Shrubs or trees, 1-6 m tall, many-branched. Branches 4-sided, glabrous. Petiole 1-2(-3) mm; leaf blade brownish yellow-green when dry, elliptic, broadly elliptic, or rhomboid-oblong, 2.5-3(-5) × 1-1.5(-3) cm, stiffly papery to subleathery, both surfaces glabrous and glossy, base cuneate, margin entire, apex obtuse to acute and with an apiculate or retuse tip. Inflorescences axillary, cymose, to 1 cm; peduncle very short, glabrous; bracts lanceolate, 2-2.5 mm. Pedicel 1-2 mm, glabrous. Hypanthium lobes lanceolate to triangular-lanceolate, ca. 1.5 mm, apex acuminate. Petals triangular-ovate, 2.5-3 × ca. 2 mm, apex acuminate. Stamens ca. 3 mm; filaments ca. 2 mm; anthers and conic connective ca. 1 mm, with a small concave abaxial gland. Fruit a baccate drupe, globular, 5-6 mm in diam., minutely angular when young but later inconspicuously angular, apex with persistent calyx lobes. Fl. Apr-May, fr. Nov.

Forests, mountain slopes. Guangdong, Hainan [India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam; N Australia].


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