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17. Michelia masticata Dandy, J. Bot. 67: 222. 1929.

屏边含笑 ping bian han xiao

Magnolia masticata (Dandy) Figlar.

Trees, 18-25 m tall, to 80 cm d.b.h. Bark grayish brown, irregularly fissured, conspicuously lenticellate. Twigs yellowish green when young and dark green when old, pubescent or glabrous when young, shiny, white lenticellate. Petiole 2-3(-4) cm, without a stipular scar; leaf blade broadly elliptic, elliptic-oblong, ovate, or obovate, 12-22(-28) × 5-8(-10) cm, leathery, abaxially pubescent, adaxially glabrous and slightly shiny green, midvein and secondary veins abaxially prominent and adaxially impressed, secondary veins 8-13 on each side of midvein, reticulate veins dense and prominent on both surfaces when dry, base cuneate to rounded, apex shortly acuminate. Brachyblasts ca. 1 cm, with yellow silky trichomes; bracts 3. Tepals 9-12, white to yellowish white, subequal; outer 3 tepals obovate, narrowly obovate, or spatulate, 5-9(-11) × 1-2.5 cm; inner tepals narrower. Stamens numerous, ca. 2 cm; anthers ca. 1.5 mm. Gynophore ca. 1 cm, pubescent; gynoecium terete, 3-6(-8) cm, pubescent; carpels numerous, ca. 6 mm; styles ca. 2.2 mm. Fruit 10-40(-53) cm; mature carpels dark brown, ovoid, densely white lenticellate, dehiscing completely into 2 valves, valves ca. 2 mm thick. Fl. Apr-May, fr. Oct.

Forests; 1100-1300 m. SE Yunnan (Pingbian) [Laos, Vietnam].

This species is used for timber.


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