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1. Benkara depauperata (Drake) Ridsdale, Reinwardtia. 12: 298. 2008.

多刺簕茜 duo ci le qian

Randia depauperata Drake, J. Bot. (Morot) 9: 217. 1895; Canthium spinosissimum Merrill; Fagerlindia depauperata (Drake) Tirvengadum.

Shrubs, 1-3 m tall; branches compressed to terete, puberulent to hirtellous or strigillose, with thorns 4-15 mm. Petiole 2-6 mm, puberulent to hirtellous or strigillose; leaf blade drying thinly papery, ovate, ovate-orbicular, lanceolate, or ovate-lanceolate, 1-8.2 × 0.8-3 cm, adaxially glabrous, abaxially glabrous or strigillose to hirtellous at least on principal veins, base rounded to obtuse or broadly cuneate, apex acute to caudate-acuminate; secondary veins 2-4 pairs, in abaxial axils usually with pilosulous domatia; stipules triangular to narrowly triangular, 3-4 mm, strigillose to puberulent, acuminate to aristate. Inflorescences 1-flowered or cymose and 2- or 3-flowered, puberulent or strigillose to glabrescent; peduncles 3-10 mm, articulate when flowers solitary; bracts lanceolate, 2-3 mm; pedicels 6-10 mm. Calyx limb hirtellous to strigillose; ovary portion obconic, 1-1.5 mm; limb with tube 3.5-4 mm; lobes triangular to linear, 1-2 mm, apex acute. Corolla white, glabrous outside; tube 3-4.5 mm; lobes elliptic-oblong to ligulate, 5-5.5 mm, ciliolate, acute. Fruiting pedicels 5-15 mm. Berry globose, 5-6 mm in diam., pilosulous or strigillose to glabrescent; seeds ellipsoid to angled, ca. 3 mm. Fl. Apr, fr. May-Jan.

Forests or thickets on hills; below 100-300 m. Fujian, Guangxi, Hainan [Vietnam].


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