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7. Paederia spectatissima H. Li, Novon. 9: 220. 1999.

云桂鸡矢藤 yun gui ji shi teng

Vines, twining, to 12 m; stems glabrous, drying dark red then grayish brown. Leaves opposite; petiole 1-4 cm, glabrous; blade drying leathery to papery, ovate-elliptic to elliptic, 6-12 × 3-6 cm, glabrous on both surfaces, base cuneate to obtuse, margins flat, apex acuminate with tip usually prolonged; secondary veins 6-10 pairs; stipules persistent or caducous, broadly triangular, 1-1.5 mm, obtuse to shortly acuminate. Inflorescences axillary and/or terminal, paniculate, pyramidal to cylindrical, 20-100 cm, branched to 6-10 orders, papillose, puberulent, or glabrescent, pedunculate; bracts triangular, 1-2 mm. Flowers sessile or subsessile. Calyx densely puberulent; hypanthium portion ellipsoid, 1-1.5 mm; limb 0.8-1 mm, lobed for ca. 1/2; lobes triangular, 0.3-0.6 mm. Corolla greenish to purplish white, funnelform, densely papillose-puberulent to scabrid-papillose outside; tube 5-8 × 2.6-3.7 mm, with slits at base; lobes triangular, 1.7-2.4 mm, acute, margins often crisped. Fruit orbicular, flattened laterally, 10-11 × 10-11 mm, puberulent, drying dark gray; pyrenes orbicular in outline, flattened, papery, marginal wing 4-4.5 mm wide. Fl. and fr. Jun-Oct.

Open forests; 800-1000 m. Guangxi, Yunnan (Pingbian) [Vietnam].

W. C. Ko (in FRPS 71(2): 112. 1999) attributed this name to Puff (Opera Bot. Belg. 3: 285. 1991). However, Puff attributed this name to Li in unpublished work and provided no Latin diagnosis or designation of a type, so this name was not validly published by him. Li cited only three collections in her article in Novon and none were specimens cited by Puff, so the specimens cited by Puff do not actually seem to be paratypes as has been suggested.


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