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14. Ixora philippinensis Merrill, Philipp. J. Sci. C, 5: 238. 1910.

小仙龙船花 xiao xian long chuan hua

Shrubs or small trees; branches glabrous [to densely puberulent in Philippine plants]. Leaves opposite, sessile to shortly petiolate; petiole to 0.4 cm, glabrous [to densely puberulent in Philippine plants]; blade drying thinly papery and dark brown, elliptic, elliptic-oblong, or elliptic-ovate, 4.5-10 × 2-7 cm, glabrous [or puberulent along midrib abaxially in Philippine plants], base truncate, rounded, or cordulate, apex obtuse to rounded and usually apiculate; secondary veins 8-11 pairs; stipules deciduous, very shortly united around stem, lanceolate to broadly triangular, 2-5 mm, glabrous, acuminate. Inflorescences terminal, congested-cymose, 1-2 cm wide (not including corollas), few flowered, puberulent to glabrous; peduncle 1-1.5 cm, usually subtended by a pair of reduced, ovate or subovate, cordate leaves 0.5-3 cm; bracts ovate-lanceolate to narrowly triangular, 1.5-2 mm, acuminate. Flowers subsessile to sessile. Calyx puberulent to glabrescent; hypanthium ellipsoid, ca. 1 mm; limb 0.5-1 mm, shallowly lobed; lobes dentiform. Corolla white to pink, outside puberulent; tube 18-20 mm; lobes elliptic-oblong, ca. 7 × 3.5 mm, obtuse. Drupe ovoid, didymous, weakly compressed, ca. 1 cm, red when dry. Fl. Jun-Aug.

Broad-leaved forests. Taiwan [Philippines].


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