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1. Urophyllum chinense Merrill & Chun, Sunyatsenia. 2: 19. 1934.

尖叶木 jian ye mu

Shrubs or small trees, 1.5-4 m tall; branches compressed, longitudinally sulcate on each interpetiolar side, ascending strigose to -sericeous, sometimes becoming glabrescent. Petiole 7-15 mm, strigillose to glabrescent; leaf blade drying papery, olive-green, oblong-elliptic, lanceolate, oblong-lanceolate, or rarely subovate, 8-20 × 2.5-6.5 cm, adaxially glabrous, abaxially sparsely to moderately strigillose with pubescence denser on veins, base obtuse to acute, apex acute to acuminate, tip 3-20 mm; secondary veins 7-9 pairs, tertiary venation subclathrate; stipules persisting on 1-3 apical nodes, narrowly lanceolate or narrowly oblong, 10-19 mm, densely strigose to sericeous, obtuse or acute. Inflorescences cymose, umbelliform, or corymbiform, several to many flowered, strigose to strigillose; peduncle 2-12 mm; bracts lanceolate, 2-3 mm, acute; pedicels 3-11 mm. Calyx strigillose or puberulent to glabrescent; hypanthium portion in staminate flowers obconic, ca. 0.5 mm, in pistillate flowers cupuliform, 1.5-2 mm; limb dentate, ca. 1 mm; lobes triangular. Corolla white, 3-4 mm, outside glabrous, villous in throat, 5-parted for ca. 1/2; lobes ovate to subtriangular. Berries red or orange-yellow, subglobose, ca. 8 mm in diam. Fl. Jun-Aug, fr. Aug-Oct.

Thickets on mountains; 400-900 m. Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan [N Vietnam].


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