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5. Ternstroemia luteoflora L. K. Ling, Fl. Reipubl. Popularis Sin. 50(1): 183. 1998.

尖萼厚皮香 jian e hou pi xiang

Trees 4-8 m tall. Bark grayish white. Current year branchlets purplish brown, glabrous. Petiole 1-1.5 cm, adaxially grooved; leaf blade oblong-elliptic, oblong-lanceolate, or rarely obovate-elliptic, 5-11 × 2.5-3.5(-4.5) cm, leathery, abaxially pale green becoming reddish brown when dry, adaxially dark green, shiny, and becoming yellowish green when dry, both surfaces glabrous, midvein abaxially elevated and adaxially impressed, secondary veins obscure on both surfaces, base cuneate, margin entire and slightly revolute, apex shortly acuminate and with an obtuse tip. Flowers ca. 1.5 cm in diam. Pedicel 2-3 cm, ± incurved; bracteoles 2, ovate-lanceolate, 2.5-3 mm, apex acuminate. Sepals long ovate, 5-7 × 3-4 mm, margin glandular ciliolate, apex acuminate to long acuminate. Petals white or pale yellow, obovate, 8-10 × 8-10 mm, apex retuse. Male flowers: stamens 35-45, ca. 5 mm; anthers oblong, ca. 4 mm; ovary reduced to a pistillode. Bisexual flowers: ovary globose, 2-loculed with 2 ovules per locule; style apically 2-cleft. Fruit globose, 1.5-2 cm in diam., 2-loculed with 2 seeds per locule. Seeds ellipsoid, ca. 8 × 6 mm. Fl. May-Jun, fr. Aug-Oct.

● Forests; 400-1500(-1900) m. Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, SE Yunnan.


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