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7. Taxillus liquidambaricola (Hayata) Hosokawa, J. Jap. Bot. 12: 421. 1936.

阆阚果寄生 lang kan guo ji sheng

Shrubs 0.5-1 m tall, young stems and branchlets tomentose, glabrescent, hairs a mixture of deep brown verticillate hairs and paler adpressed stellate hairs. Branches grayish, scattered lenticellate. Leaves opposite; petiole 5-12 mm; leaf blade oblong to ovate-oblong, 4-10 × 1.5-5.5 cm; leathery, both surfaces rapidly glabrescent, lateral veins 4-7 pairs, adaxially prominent, base cuneate to broadly cuneate, slightly decurrent into petiole, margin entire and recurved, apex obtuse. Umbels solitary or 2 together, axillary, sometimes at leafless nodes, 2-4-flowered; peduncle 4-6 mm, dark brown tomentose; bracts triangular, 0.5-1 mm. Pedicel 4-5 mm. Calyx ovoid or subovoid, ca. 3 mm, limb annular. Mature bud tubular, 2.2-2.8 cm, tip enlarged, ellipsoid. Corolla red or scarlet, with gray-green tip, slightly curved, with dense, deep brown stellate and verticillate hairs, basal part inflated, lobes lanceolate, 6-9 mm, reflexed. Filaments ca. 1 mm; anthers 4-5 mm. Stigma capitate. Berry reddish, ellipsoid, 6-9 × 3-5 mm, verrucose, pilose. Fl. Jul-Oct, fr. Oct-Dec.

* Forests, tea plantations, mountain slopes, valleys; 300-700 m. Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Taiwan, SE Yunnan.

Recorded hosts include species of Apocynaceae, Daphniphyllaceae, Ebenaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Hamamelidaceae, Myrsinaceae, Oleaceae, and Theaceae.

1 Leaf blade ovate-oblong to oblong, 5-10 × 2.5-5.5 cm, lateral veins slightly prominent; corolla 2.4-2.8 cm, red.   7a var. liquidambaricola
+ Leaf blade sublanceolate to narrowly oblong, 4-7.5 × 1.5-2.8 cm, lateral veins prominent; corolla 2.2-2.5 cm, scarlet.   7b var. neriifolius


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