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9. Callerya oosperma (Dunn) Z. Wei & Pedley, Fl. China. 10: 184. 2010.

皱果鸡血藤 zhou guo ji xue teng

Basionym: Millettia oosperma Dunn, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 41: 157. 1912.

Lianas, to 20 m. Stem brown, terete, strong and ridged, brown tomentose, generally glabrescent. Leaves 5-foliolate; ra­chis 20-40 cm, including petiole 6-11 cm; leaflet blades ellip­tic-lanceolate to ovate-oblong, 8-20 × 4-8 cm with basal pair usually smallest, papery, abaxially densely brown velutinous, adaxially glabrous or sparsely villous, base cuneate to rounded, apex obtuse to sometimes retuse. Panicles terminal, 10-20 cm, brown tomentose; flowering branchlets spreading. Flowers 1.5-2 cm. Corolla scarlet; standard broadly ovate, with 2 basal calluses and also auriculate, outside densely sericeous. Ovary densely sericeous, with 5 or 6 ovules. Legume ovoid when 1-seeded, cylindric when several seeded, 6-13 × 2-2.5 cm, in­flated but contracted between seeds, brown tomentose, tardily dehiscent, apex beaked. Seeds (1 or)2-4 per legume, tawny, ovoid, 2-3 cm in diam. Fl. May-Jul, fr. Aug-Nov.

Sparse woodlands in valleys; 200-1700 m. SW Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, SW Hunan, Yunnan [Vietnam].

The seeds are poisonous and used as an insecticide.


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