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27. Neolitsea aciculata (Blume) Koidzumi, Bot. Mag. (Tokyo). 32: 258. 1918.

台湾新木姜子 tai wan xin mu jiang zi

Litsea aciculata Blume, Mus. Bot. 1: 347. 1851; Neolitsea acutotrinervia (Hayata) Kanehira & Sasaki; Tetradenia acutotrinervia Hayata.

Trees. Branchlets gray pubescent. Leaves alternate or clustered at apex of branchlet, subverticillate; petiole 0.5-1 cm, pubescent; leaf blade lanceolate or obovate-lanceolate, 6-9 × 2-3.2 cm, glaucous and appressed gray pubescent abaxially, glabrous adaxially, triplinerved, lateral veins 3 or 4 pairs, base acute or acuminate, apex caudate-acuminate or acuminate. Umbels axillary or lateral, 4-flowered; peduncles extremely short or lacking. Pedicel 2-3 mm, pubescent. Perianth segments 4, ovate or elliptic. Male flowers: fertile stamens 6; filaments pubescent at base, of 3rd whorls each with 2 sagittal glands at base; rudimentary pistil densely pubescent. Fruit obovate-ellipsoid, ca. 7 × 5-6 mm, seated on flat discoid perianth tube; fruiting pedicel 7-9 mm, gradually thickened at apex. Fr. Jun-Jul.

Evergreen broad-leaved forests; 1300-2000 m. Taiwan [Japan].

This species was treated in FRPS (31: 364. 1982) as Neolitsea acutotrinervia. However, the original description and type material of Tetradenia acutotrinervia show its characters to be quite similar to those of N. aciculata, from Japan, and so the two entities are here treated as conspecific.


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