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FOC | Family List | FOC Vol. 12 | Sterculiaceae | Melhania

1. Melhania hamiltoniana Wallich, Pl. Asiat. Rar. 1: 69. 1830.

梅蓝 mei lan

Small shrubs, up to 1 m tall. Branchlets densely yellowish brown puberulent. Stipules linear pointed, very tiny, ca. 4 mm, much shorter than petiole, caducous; petiole 1-1.5 cm, densely yellowish brown puberulent; leaf blade broadly ovate or elliptic-ovate, 2.5-4 × 1.5-3 cm, both surfaces densely puberulent, abaxially white-gray, base rounded or shallowly cordate, margin serrulate, apex obtuse. Inflorescence axillary, shortly racemose, up to 5 cm, usually longer than leaves, densely puberulent, usually 3-5-flowered; pedicel ca. 6 mm. Epicalyx lobes 2 or 3, ovate, ca. 6 mm, densely puberulent, base narrow, adnate
to lower part of calyx, margin slightly reflexed. Calyx lobes lanceolate, 8-9 mm, apex acute. Petals yellow, obovate-triangular, ca. 1 cm, longer than calyx, apex truncate. Staminodes 5, tongue-shaped, connate at base, ca. 8 mm, alternating with stamens, much longer than stamens. Ovary ovoid, ca. 2.5 mm, puberulent; ovules 3 or 4 per locule; style ca. 2 mm; stigma lobes curved outward, puberulent. Capsule ovoid, ca. 7 mm, apex obtuse, enclosed by persistent sepals and bracteoles, dehiscent. Seeds 2-3 in each locule, black-brown, elliptic, ca. 2 mm.

Grassy slopes; 400-500 m. S Yunnan (Yuanjiang) [India, Myanmar].


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