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5. Myrsine semiserrata Wallich in Roxburgh, Fl. Ind. 2: 293. 1824.

针齿铁仔 zhen chi tie zai

Celastrus cavaleriei H. Léveillé; C. seguinii H. Léveillé; Myrsine semiserrata var. brachypoda Z. Y. Zhu.

Shrubs or trees 3-7 m tall. Branchlets slightly angular, 1.5-2 mm in diam., glabrous. Petiole marginate, 6-8 mm, decurrent at base; leaf blade elliptic to lanceolate, sometimes rhomboid, 5-9(-14) × 2-2.5(-4) cm, papery to subleathery, slightly asymmetric, glossy, glabrous, base cuneate, margin remotely serrulate to middle, teeth callose, apex acute to acuminate; lateral veins slightly raised, sparsely punctate, marginal vein evident. Inflorescences axillary, umbellate or fascicled, sessile; bracts ovate, ciliate, punctate. Flowers white to yellowish, ca. 2 mm, 4-merous. Pedicel ca. 2 mm, glabrous or puberulent, subtended by 1 bract. Calyx cupular; lobes ovate, keeled, sparsely puberulent outside, margin entire, ciliate, punctate, apex acuminate. Petals free or united to 1/3 length, long elliptic, oblong, or ligulate, glabrous, prominently punctate to middle, margin entire, ciliate, apex obtuse. Pistil puberulent. Stigma 2-cleft, fimbriate. Fruit red becoming purple-black, globose, 5-7 mm in diam., densely punctate. Fl. Feb-Apr, fr. Oct-Dec.

Broad-leaved forests, limestone hillsides, mountain slopes, roadsides, streambanks, sunny places; 500-2700 m. Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan [India, Myanmar, Nepal]


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