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9. Memecylon scutellatum (Loureiro) Hooker & Arnott, Bot. Beechey Voy. 186. 1833.

细叶谷木 xi ye gu mu

Scutula scutellata Loureiro, Fl. Cochinch. 1: 235. 1790; Memecylon edule Roxburgh var. scutellatum (Loureiro) Triana.

Shrubs or rarely trees, 1.5-4 m tall, many-branched. Branches 4-sided, later terete; bark glaucous. Petiole 3-5 mm; leaf blade elliptic to ovate-lanceolate, 2-5 × 1-3 cm, leathery, both surfaces densely small tuberculate and scabrous, base broadly cuneate, margin entire, apex obtuse, rounded, or retuse. Inflorescences axillary, cymose, up to 8 mm; peduncle base often setose. Pedicel 1-2 mm, glabrous. Hypanthium shallowly cup-shaped, ca. 2 × 3 mm, glabrous, apically truncate, repand, and 4-apiculate. Petals purple to blue, broadly ovate, ca. 2.5 mm. 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, 6-7 mm in diam., densely tuberculate. Fl. (Mar-)Jun-Aug, fr. (Nov-)Jan-Mar.

Sparse to dense forests, thickets, grassy areas, open slopes, streamsides; ca. 300 m. Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan [Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam].


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