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2. Blachia andamanica (Kurz) J. D. Hooker, Fl. Brit. India. 5: 403. 1887.

大果留萼木 da guo liu e mu

Codiaeum andamanicum Kurz, J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, Pt. 2, Nat. Hist. 42: 246. 1873; Blachia longzhouensis X. X. Chen; B. philippinensis Merrill.

Shrubs to 2 m tall; branches gray, with prominent lenticels. Petiole 5-10 mm, white pubescent to glabrous; leaf blade oblong to elliptic-lanceolate, 2-17 × 1-5.5 cm, papery, both surfaces glabrous, base rounded to broadly cuneate, margin entire, apex acute to acuminate; lateral veins 4-7. Male inflorescence racemose, 5-10-flowered, peduncle 1-3.5 cm, white-sericeous pubescent; female inflorescence umbelliform, 2-4-flowered, inserted at base of male inflorescences or apex of branchlets. Male flowers: pedicels 2-5 mm; sepals 5, green, ovate or subovate, ca. 3 mm, glabrous; petals 5, broadly obovate, ca. 1.2 × 1.6 mm, membranous; disk 5-lobed; stamens 12-24, glabrous. Female flowers: pedicels clavate, 4-5(-8) mm, pubescent; sepals 5, lanceolate or long ovate, 2.5-3 mm, pubescent outside, glabrous inside; disk annular, 5- or 6-lobed; ovary with densely white- sericeous pubescence; styles 3, connate at base, bipartite in upper part, lobes linear. Capsule depressed globose, with 3 longitudinal grooves, ca. 1.2 cm in diam., pubescent. Seeds ellipsoidal, ca. 7 mm; episperm crustaceous, with stripes of spots. Fl. Sep-Oct, fr. Oct-Dec.

Thickets on limestone; 500-600 m. SW Guangdong (Yangjiang), SW Guangxi (Longzhou), W Hainan (Changjiang) [Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines].


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