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2. Cleyera lipingensis (Handel-Mazzetti) T. L. Ming, Fl. China. 12: 444. 2007.

齿叶红淡比 chi ye hong dan bi

Shrubs or trees, 2-10 m tall. Young branches grayish brown, glabrous; current year branchlets sparsely pubescent or glabrous; terminal buds pubescent or glabrous. Petiole ca. 1 cm, sparsely pubescent or glabrous; leaf blade oblong, ovate, obovate-spatulate, or oblong-lanceolate, (3-)6-9 × (1-)2.5-3.5 cm, leathery, abaxially pale green, adaxially dark green and shiny, both surfaces glabrous, midvein raised on both surfaces, secondary veins 6-8 on each side of midvein and visible on both surfaces, base cuneate, margin serrate, sparsely serrate, crenate serrate, apex caudate-acuminate. Flowers axillary, 2-4 in a cluster. Pedicel 1-2 cm, sparsely pubescent or glabrous; bracteoles caducous. Sepals ovate to orbicular, 2-3 × 2-2.5 mm, margin ciliolate, apex rounded and with a retuse tip. Petals white, obovate-oblong, ca. 8 mm. Stamens 25-30, ca. 5 mm; anthers ovate, ca. 1.5 mm, with filiform trichomes, connective exserted. Ovary ovoid, glabrous, 2-loculed; style ca. 5 mm, glabrous, apically 2-lobed. Fruit globose, 8-10 mm in diam., more than 10 seeds per locule. Seeds dark brown, ovoid-globose, shiny. Fl. May-Jun, fr. Oct-Nov.

● Forests, thickets; (400-)500-1200 m. N Guangxi, Guizhou, W Hubei, E and NW Hunan, W Jiangxi, SE Shaanxi, E Sichuan, Taiwan.

1 Current year branchlets, terminal buds, petioles, and pedicels pubescent; leaf blade oblong, 6-9 × 2.5-3.5 cm, midvein adaxially raised.   2a var. lipingensis
+ Current year branchlets, terminal buds, petioles, and pedicels glabrous; leaf blade oblong-lanceolate, ovate, or obovate-spatulate, 3-5.5 × 1-2 cm, midvein adaxially slightly raised to slightly impressed.   2b var. taipinensis


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