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14. Ehretia laevis Roxburgh, Pl. Coromandel. 1: 42. 1796.

毛萼厚壳树 mao e hou ke shu

Ehretia laevis var. platyphylla Merrill.

Trees ca. 10 m tall; bark gray-brown; branches gray, scabrous, with elliptic lenticels; branchlets brown, densely pubescent. Petiole 1-2 cm, pubescent or subglabrous; leaf blade ovate-elliptic to obovate, 6-12 × 3-8 cm, abaxially with fascicled short hairs in vein axils, adaxially usually glabrous or pubescent near base, base rounded to broadly cuneate, margin entire, apex obtuse. Cymes terminal and axillary, sparsely dichotomously branched, 5-6 cm wide, densely yellow-brown pubescent, ebracteate. Flowers sessile. Calyx ca. 2 mm; lobes triangular. Corolla white, subrotate, ca. 3 mm; lobes reflexed, oblong, ca. 2 mm, longer than tube. Stamens exserted; filaments subulate, ca. 3 mm, inserted ca. 0.5 mm above base; anthers elliptic, ca. 0.5 mm. Style ca. 2 mm, branches ca. 0.5 mm. Drupes yellow or orange, 3-4 mm in diam.; endocarp wrinkled, divided at maturity into 4 1-seeded pyrenes. Fl. Feb-Apr. 2n = 26.

Forest slopes, roadsides. Hainan (Baoting Xian, upper Chang Jiang) [Bhutan, India, Kashmir, Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan, Vietnam; Australia].


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