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FOC | Family List | FOC Vol. 12 | Theaceae | Ternstroemia

4. Ternstroemia insignis Y. C. Wu, Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 71: 195. 1940.

大果厚皮香 da guo hou pi xiang

Adinandra bracteata H. L. Li.

Trees 9-15 m tall. Bark grayish brown, smooth. Young branches gray to grayish brown, glabrous. Petiole 1.5-3 cm, stout; leaf blade obovate to obovate-elliptic, 7-13.5 × 3-5.5 cm, leathery, abaxially pale green becoming reddish brown when dry, adaxially green, shiny, and becoming pale brown when dry, both surfaces glabrous, midvein abaxially elevated and adaxially impressed, secondary veins 9-11 on each side of midvein and visible to slightly raised on both surfaces, base cuneate, margin entire, apex acute to shortly acuminate and with an obtuse tip. Flowers axillary, solitary or several clustered on leafless branchlets. Pedicel 1.5-2.5 cm, stout, slightly recurved. Male flowers: bracteoles persistent, ovate, 4-6 × 3.5-5 mm, glabrous, margin membranous and lacerately glandular dentate, apex acute to rounded; sepals persistent, orbicular to ovate, 1-1.4 × 1-1.4 cm, glabrous, margin membranous and entire or sparsely lacerate glandular dentate, apex rounded to retuse; petals white, obovate, 1.2-1.8 × 1-1.6 cm, basally slightly connate, apex rounded and retuse; stamens 5-8 mm; anthers oblong, 3-5 mm; pistillode obscure. Bisexual flowers: bracteoles, sepals, and petals similar to those of male flowers; ovary ovoid, 4-loculed with 2 ovules per locule; style ca. 1.5 mm, apically 4-lobed. Fruit globose to compressed globose, 2-2.5 × 1.6-3 cm, 4-loculed with 2 seeds per locule; persistent style 2-5 mm, apically 4-lobed. Seeds oblong-reniform, 10-12 × 4.5-5 mm. Fl. Jun-Jul, fr. Aug-Oct.

● Forests, forest margins; 800-2600 m. N Guangxi, SW Guizhou, SE Yunnan.


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