12. Ardisia densilepidotula Merrill, Lingnan Sci. J. 6: 284. 1928.
密鳞紫金牛 mi lin zi jin niu
Trees 3-8(-15) m tall, densely reddish brown scaly on branchlets, petioles and inflorescence rachis. Branchlets angular, 5-7 mm in diam. Petiole narrowly marginate, deeply canaliculate, ca. 1 cm; leaf blade obovate or broadly oblanceolate, 11-17(-24) × 4-6(-10) cm, cartilaginous, inconspicuously punctate, scrobiculate, base cuneate and narrowly decurrent, margin entire, revolute, apex broadly acute; lateral veins numerous, raised on both surfaces, marginal vein present. Inflorescences terminal or subterminal, pyramidal paniculate, branches subumbellate, 10-14 cm. Flowers leathery, pink or purplish red, ca. 3 mm. Pedicel 3-8 mm. Sepals lanceolate, 1-1.5 mm, inconspicuously pellucid punctate, glabrous, margin ciliate, apex acute. Petals nearly free, ovate, inconspicuously pellucid punctate, glabrous, margin entire, apex obtuse. Stamens subequalling petals; filaments to 1 mm; anthers ovate, not punctate dorsally, apiculate. Pistil as long as or longer than petals in bud; ovary ovoid, glabrous; ovules ca. 14, in 2 or 3 close series. Fruit purplish red to black, globose, ca. 6 mm in diam., inconspicuously pellucid punctate. Fl. Jun-Aug, fr. Oct-Nov.
* Dense broad-leaved forests, valleys, hillsides; 300-2000 m. Hainan