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24. Morinda shuanghuaensis C. Y. Chen & M. S. Huang, J. Trop. Subtrop. Bot. 16: 578. 2008.

假巴戟 jia ba ji

Lianas; branches when young hirtellous, becoming glabrescent, angled, bluish black. Leaves opposite; petiole 3-5 mm, hirtellous; blade drying papery or thinly papery and brown, elliptic, elliptic-oblong, or obovate-oblong, 4-10(-13) × 2.5-5 cm, adaxially hirsute to pubescent or sparsely hispidulous, abaxially glabrous or sparsely pilosulous along midrib, base rounded or cuneate, apex acute or mucronulate; secondary veins 5 or 6 pairs; stipules 3-5 mm, pilosulous, truncate. Inflorescence terminal; peduncles 4-8, umbellate, 3-15 mm, pubescent; heads 1 per peduncle, 3-8-flowered. Flowers fused at base, biology not noted. Calyx limb reduced, truncate or with 2 or 3 undulate teeth. Corolla white, urceolate, outside puberulent; tube ca. 3 mm, inside densely bearded; lobes 3 or 4, narrowly oblong, ca. 3 mm, apically thickened and rostrate. Drupecetum compressed globose. Drupes red. Fl. May-Jul, fr. Oct.

● Forests on mountains. Fujian, Guangdong.

Y. Z. Ruan (in FRPS 71(2): 201. 1999) described the roots as irregularly intestine-like constricted, with cortex more or less fleshy.


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