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43. Ardisia balansana Yuen P. Yang in Yuen P. Yang & Dwyer, Taiwania. 34: 245. 1989.

束花紫金牛 shu hua zi jin niu

Subshrubs 25-50(-100) cm, long stoloniferous. Stems glabrous or puberulent. Leaves alternate or pseudoverticillate; petiole marginate, narrowly winged, 8-10 mm; leaf blade broadly elliptic to narrowly lanceolate, 8-11(-20) × 4-5.5 (-7) cm, papery, obscurely pellucid punctate, glabrous adaxially, sparsely minutely puberulent or reddish glandular papillate abaxially especially along midrib and lateral veins, base cuneate, decurrent, margin finely serrate, teeth apiculate, apex acute to subacuminate apically; lateral veins 8-13 on each side of midrib, marginal vein obscure. Inflorescences axillary, paniculate, branches cymose, 5(-11) cm. Flowers papery, white, becoming pinkish, 4-5 mm. Pedicel 3-5 mm, to 1 cm in fruit, puberulent. Sepals ovate, 1.6-2 mm, minutely puberulent abaxially near base, prominently punctate, margin entire, glabrous, apex broadly acute to obtuse. Stamens subequalling petals; filaments obsolete; anthers lanceolate, punctate dorsally, apex apiculate. Pistil shorter than petals; ovary puberulent; ovules 4 or 5, uniseriate. Fruit red, globose, 4-8 mm in diam., long punctate, puberulent, glabrescent.

Dense evergreen broad-leaved forests, moist ravines, stream banks; 1000-1500 m. SE Yunnan [Vietnam]


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