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13. Morinda leiantha Kurz, J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, Pt. 2, Nat. Hist. 41: 313. 1872.

顶花木巴戟 ding hua mu ba ji

Erect shrubs or small trees; branches hirtellous or subglabrous, angled, dark brown. Leaves opposite; petiole 0.5-1(-3) cm; blade drying thinly papery, matte and dark brown on both surfaces, oblong-lanceolate, narrowly lanceolate, rhombic-lanceolate, or oblanceolate, 8-14(-20) × 2-5 cm, adaxially glabrous or pilosulous, abaxially scabrous, glabrous, or pilosulous along veins, base acute to attenuate, apex acuminate; secondary veins 5-8 pairs; stipules ovate-triangular to ovate-lanceolate, acute or 2-lobed. Inflorescence terminal or axillary; peduncle 2-5 mm, often with 2-4 branches, each with 1 capitulum; capitulum ellipsoid-oblong, many flowered. Flowers partially fused, each with 3-5 bracts in a whorl, biology not noted. Calyx limb truncate. Corolla white, salverform, outside glabrous; tube ca. 20 mm, inside glabrous; lobes 5, lanceolate, ca. 4 cm. Young drupecetum mulberry-shaped. Fl. and fr. year-round.

Forests on hill slopes, shady thickets. S Yunnan [Myanmar].


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