49. Euonymus theifolius Wallich ex M. A. Lawson in J. D. Hooker, Fl. Brit. India. 1: 612. 1875.
茶叶卫矛 cha ye wei mao
Euonymus paravagans Z. M. Gu & C. Y. Cheng.
Evergreen shrubs or ascending subshrubs, 2-3 m tall; branches and twigs round, usually brown or yellow. Petiole 3-5 mm; leaf blade elliptic or elliptic-lanceolate, 5-10 × 2.5-5 cm, base cuneate, margin crenulate to serrate, apex acute or acuminate; lateral veins 5-8 pairs. Peduncle 2-3 cm, slender, usually with more than 7 flowers, sometimes only 5-flowered; pedicel ca. 5 mm. Flowers 4-merous, ca. 5 mm in diam.; sepals semirotund; petals nearly orbicular, greenish or whitish. Capsule brown or brown-yellow, ca. 8 mm in diam. Aril red. Fl. Mar-Jun, fr. Aug-Dec.
Forests, woodlands, scrub; 1500-3400 m. ?Guizhou, ?Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan [Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand].
This species is among the complex Euonymus bockii, E. fortunei, and E. jinyangensis, which are very similar. The distribution reports from Guizhou and Sichuan have not been confirmed.