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6. Callerya championii (Bentham) X. Y. Zhu in X. Y. Zhu et al., Legumes China. 450. 2007.

绿花鸡血藤 lü hua ji xue teng

Millettia championii Bentham, Hooker’s J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 4: 74. 1852; Callerya reticulata (Bentham) Schot var. championii (Bentham) H. Sun.

Lianas, to 2 m, glabrous except inflorescences. Stems red­dish brown, with scattered lenticels. Leaves 5(or 7)-foliolate; rachis 10-20 cm, including petiole 3-5 cm; leaflet blades ovate to ovate-oblong, (3-)4-6 × 1.5-2(-3) cm, papery, both surfaces glabrous and shiny, pale green when dry, secondary and tertiary veins distinct and raised on both surfaces, base rounded, apex acuminate to caudate. Panicles terminal, 15-20 cm; flowering branchlets 6-8 cm, ascending, straight and solid, nodes con­gested. Flowers ca. 1.2 cm. Corolla yellowish white with a pink halo; standard orbicular, glabrous, without basal calluses. Ovary glabrous, with numerous ovules. Legume linear, 6-12 × 0.5-1.2 cm, flat; valves thin. Seeds 2 or 3 per legume, lenticular when immature. Fl. May-Aug, fr. Jul-Nov.

● Thickets by ravines of rocky valleys; 200-800 m. Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi.

The stems and roots are poisonous but also used medicinally.

Although P. K. Lôc made the combination Callerya championii (Bot. Zhurn. (Moscow & Leningrad) 81(10): 97. 1996), it was not validly published because he did not provide a full bibliographic refer­ence to the basionym (Vienna Code, Art. 33.4).


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