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5. Decaspermum parviflorum (Lamarck) A. J. Scott, Kew Bull. 34: 66. 1979.

五瓣子楝树 wu ban zi lian shu

Eugenia parviflora Lamarck, Encycl. 3: 200. 1789; Decaspermum paniculatum (Lindley) Kurz; Myrtus parviflora (Lamarck) Sprengel; Nelitris paniculata Lindley; N. parviflora (Lamarck) Blume; Pyrus bodinieri H. Léveillé.

Shrubs or trees, to 20 m tall. Branchlets terete, grayish tomentose or sericeous. Petiole 3-7 mm, pubescent or glabrous; leaf blade elliptic, ovate, oblong, or lanceolate, 4-13 × 1.2-6 cm, glabrous or sparsely pubescent, midvein abaxially slightly raised, secondary veins inconspicuous, intramarginal veins 1-2 mm from margin, base cuneate to obtuse, apex usually acuminate with a 0.5-2 cm acumen. Inflorescences axillary or terminal, when axillary then thyrses or rarely some flowers in racemes in more basal axils, when terminal then paniculately arranged and to 9 cm; bracts ovate-lanceolate, 0.5-2 cm, usually caducous. Flowers bisexual or staminate, (4 or)5-merous; bracteoles lanceolate, 1-1.5 mm, caducous. Hypanthium sericeous, 1-1.5 mm. Calyx lobes to 1-2 × 1-2 mm, unequal, ± glabrous, margin ciliate, apex obtuse to sometimes truncate or acute. Petals white or pink, orbicular, 3-4 mm, margin ciliate. Stamens 3-4 mm; filaments pink or white. Ovary 4-6-loculed. Style 3-6 mm; stigma peltate. Fruit 3-5 mm in diam., sparsely pubescent. Seeds 3-12 per fruit. Fl. spring-summer.

Scrub, forests; below 2000 m. Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Xizang (Cona), Yunnan [Cambodia, NE India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam; Pacific islands].

Plants treated in FRPS (53(1): 126. 1984) as Decaspermum fruticosum J. R. Forster & G. Forster belong here.


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