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3. Brachytome wallichii J. D. Hooker, Hooker’s Icon. Pl. 11: 70. 1871.

短萼齿木 duan e chi mu

Shrubs or small trees, 1.5-3 m tall; branches flattened to subterete, glabrous or sparsely strigillose or strigose becoming glabrescent with age. Petiole 0.3-1 cm, glabrous; leaf blade drying papery, green adaxially, often flushed with reddish brown abaxially, elliptic-oblong, lanceolate, or oblanceolate, 9-14 × 2.5-4.5 cm, glabrous on both surfaces, base cuneate to acute, apex acuminate; secondary veins 8-10 pairs; stipules triangular to narrowly triangular, 6-15 mm, glabrous to puberulent, acute to acuminate and sometimes falcate. Inflorescences 3-4 × 3-5 cm, several flowered, glabrous; peduncle ca. 0.5 cm; bracts triangular and often fused in pairs, 1-2 mm, usually situated at nodes and perhaps immediately below flowers; pedicels 5-10 mm. Calyx glabrous; ovary portion obconic, 1-1.5 mm; limb 1-1.5 mm, denticulate to lobed for up to 1/3 of its length; lobes broadly triangular. Corolla funnelform, outside glabrous; tube ca. 6 mm; lobes triangular, ca. 1 mm, obtuse. Berry red, ellipsoid, 10-20 × 8-15 mm, with stipe or pedicel elongating, up to 20 mm; seeds 1-1.5 × 1-2 mm. Fr. Sep-Oct.

Forests in valleys; 1200-2000 m. SW Yunnan [Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Vietnam].

This species was reported by W. C. Chen (in FRPS 71(1): 361. 1999) from Bhutan, but Springate et al. (Fl. Bhutan 2(2): 784. 1999) treated this as reported in error.


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