5. Skimmia multinervia C. C. Huang, Acta Phytotax. Sin. 7: 348. 1958.
多脉茵芋 duo mai yin yu
Skimmia laureola (Candolle) Siebold & Zuccarini ex Walpers subsp. multinervia (C. C. Huang) N. P. Taylor & Airy Shaw.
Trees to 13 m tall. Branches dark grayish, with scattered lenticels. Petiole 1-2 cm, stout; leaf blade oblanceolate to rarely narrowly oblong, 10-18 × 3-5 cm, leathery, midvein adaxially slightly prominent, secondary veins 12-20 on each side of mid- vein, margin slightly revolute. Inflorescences 2-6 cm; rachis stout when young, puberulent, elongated in fruit; bracts ovate, 1-2 mm, margin ciliate. Pedicel stout. Sepals ovate, ca. 2 mm, margin ciliate. Petals 5, yellowish white, obovate-oblong to oblong, 4-5 mm, reflexed at anthesis. Stamens 5. Male flowers: stamens longer than petals; rudimentary gynoecium barlike, ca. 1.5 mm, apex entire or shallowly lobed. Female and bisexual flowers: rudimentary stamens as long as petals; ovary globose, 5-loculed; style ca. 1.5 mm; stigma capitate. Fruit bluish black, subglobose to slightly compressed, 6-8 mm in diam., 4- or 5-seeded. Fl. Apr-Jun, fr. Jul-Sep.
Montane forests; ca. 2000 m or above. SW Sichuan, NW Yunnan [Bhutan, NE India, Myanmar, Nepal, N Vietnam].
Taylor (Kew Mag. 4: 189. 1987) treated Skimmia multinervia as S. laureola subsp. multinervia.