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163. Ilex verisimilis C. J. Tseng ex S. K. Chen & Y. X. Feng, Acta Phytotax. Sin. 37: 144. 1999.

湿生冬青 shi sheng dong qing

Shrubs or small trees, evergreen, 3-7.5 m tall; bark gray-black. Terminal buds ovoid, scales rugose, puberulent or glabrescent. Petiole 1.3-1.5 cm, glabrous, longitudinally sulcate adaxially; leaf blade abaxially greenish, adaxially green, shiny, elliptic, elliptic-lanceolate, or oblong-lanceolate, (5-)8-15 × (2.5-)4.5 cm, leathery or thickly leathery, abaxially glandular punctate, both surfaces glabrous, midvein impressed and narrowly sulcate adaxially, lateral veins 10 or 11 pairs, obscure abaxially, evident adaxially, or, as reticulate veins, inconspicuous on both surfaces, base obtuse or acuminate and decurrent, margin entire, apex long acuminate, acumen 1-2 cm, rarely abruptly shortly acuminate or acute. Inflorescences: cymes, fasciculate, axillary at base of current year’s branchlets. Male inflorescences: cymes of order 2, 3-flowered; flowers 6-merous; peduncles 4-5 mm, puberulent; pedicels 5-7 mm, flattened, puberulent; calyx puberulent, lobes deltoid or deltoid-ovate, ciliate; petals oblong-elliptic, ca. 4 mm, basally slightly connate; stamens ca. 3 mm; rudimentary ovary globose, punctate. Female flowers not known. Infructescences: 1-fruited cymes; fruiting pedicels 1.2-1.7 cm, puberulent, ciliate. Fruit ca. 5 mm in diam., minutely punctate; persistent calyx puberulent, 6-lobed, lobes deltoid; persistent stigma mammilliform or capitate; pyrenes 6, ellipsoidal, ca. 2.5 mm, ca. 1 mm in diam., abaxially feathery striate and sulcate, endocarp leathery. Fl. Apr-May, fr. Jun-Nov.

● Dense or sparse forests, forest margins, riversides, valleys; 800-1500 m. Guangdong, NE Guangxi (Longsheng), S Hunan (Yizhang).


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