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55. Diospyros ehretioides Wallich ex A. de Candolle, Prodr. 8: 231. 1844.

红枝柿 hong zhi shi

Trees to 16 m tall; young branchlets, winter buds, petioles, inflorescences, and immature fruit brownish tomentose. Trunk to 1.5 m d.b.h. Petiole ca. 1 cm; leaf blade oblong-elliptic to elliptic, 8--20 X 6.5--9 cm, leathery, abaxially pubescent and denser on midrib, adaxially pubescent, glabrescent except for hairs along midrib, base broadly cuneate to rounded, apex acute to rounded, lateral veins (6 or)7--10 per side, reticulate veinlets lax, slender, and raised on both surfaces. Male flowers in 3-flowered cymes, usually on current year's branchlets, small; calyx brownish villose, lobes 4; corolla ca. 2 X as long as calyx, outside densely pubescent, margin ciliate; stamens glabrous. Female flowers in pedunculate cymes; pedicels much shorter than peduncle, often only 1 forming fruit; calyx outside densely brownish pubescent, inside at base densely brownish sericeous; ovary densely brownish pubescent. Fruiting peduncle plus pedicel 1--2 cm, robust. Fruiting calyx deeply divided, 1.5--1.8 cm in diam.; lobes some eventually strongly reflexed, ca. 7 X 6 mm, often unequal, pubescent. Berries globose, to 3(--3.5) cm in diam. Seeds compressed, oblong, ca. 1.5 cm; endosperm ruminate.

Dense to open forests, on slopes or in valleys. Hainan [Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Thailand].


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