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5. Embelia laeta (Linnaeus) Mez in Engler, Pflanzenr. IV. 236 (Heft 9): 326. 1902.

酸藤子 suan teng zi

Shrubs scandent. Branchlets straight, flexuous, or geniculate, terete, 1.5-2 mm in diam., glabrous or densely reddish glandular papillose-tomentose. Petiole canaliculate and marginate, 5-9 mm, indument as in branchlets; leaf blade obovate or oblanceolate, (1.7-)3-6(-7.5) × (0.6-)1.5-2(-3) cm, papery, dull, glabrous, base cuneate, margin flat or revolute, entire, apex acute or rounded to obtuse, usually minutely emarginate; midrib impressed adaxially; lateral veins inconspicuous, 6-10 on each side of midrib. Inflorescences axillary, subcorymbose subumbellate, to puberulent, 3-15-flowered, with 1 or 2 series of scales at base; bracts ovate, cucullate, subulate or oblong, 1-1.3 mm, sparsely glandular granulose, margin entire, glandular ciliate, apex obtuse. Flowers white or yellowish, 4-merous, staminate 2-2.5(-3) mm, pistillate 1.5-2 mm. Pedicel 2-4 mm in staminate, 1.5-2 in pistillate, glabrous or glandular puberulent. Sepals ovate or triangular, glabrous or glandular puberulent, red punctate, margin subentire, apex acute. Petals free, ovate or oblong, membranous, glabrous outside, densely glandular granulose inside, entire, glandular ciliate, apex obtuse or rounded. Stamens exserted 1-1.5 mm in staminate flowers, ca. 1/3 petal length in pistillate; anthers broadly cordate, apex acute. Ovary glabrous. Style straight, punctate; stigma subcapitate, 2- or 3-lobed. Fruit globose, 5-8 mm in diam., densely pellucid punctate.

100-2000(-3000) m. Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Jiangxi, Taiwan, Yunnan [Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam]

1 Branchlets straight to somewhat flexuous, glabrous; pedicels and calyx glabrous; petals glandular ciliate along margin .   5a subsp. laeta
+ Branchlets geniculate, minutely and densely reddish glandular papillose-tomentose; pedicelsand calyx glandular puberulent; petals glabrous along margin .   5b subsp. papilligera

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