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Actinodaphne lecomtei Allen


Description from Flora of China

Litsea hupehana Hemsley var. longifolia Lecomte, Nouv. Arch. Mus. Hist. Nat., sér. 5, 5: 8. 1913.

Trees or small trees, up to 10 m tall. Young branchlets pubescent and becoming glabrous. Leaves subverticillate or alternate; petiole 7-20 mm, pubescent or glabrate; leaf blade glaucous abaxially, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, 10-20 × 1.5-3 cm, appressed pubescent abaxially, glabrous or along midrib pubescent adaxially, pinninerved, lateral veins dense, 30-40 or more pairs, base cuneate, apex acute or narrowly acute. Umbels often 2-5 in leaf axils or lateral side of branchlet, sessile, 4- or 5-flowered. Pedicel villous. Perianth segments 6, oblong or elliptic, ca. 4 × 1.8-2 mm, villous outside. Male flowers: fertile stamens 9; filaments glabrous, of 3rd whorls each with 2 shield-shaped stipitate glands at base; rudimentary pistil glabrous. Fruit obovoid, ca. 10 × 8 mm, glabrous, seated on entire or shallowly undulate cup-shaped perianth tube; fruiting pedicel 7-8 mm, slightly enlarged at apex, pubescent. Fl. Aug-Sep, fr. Oct-Nov.

The wood is used for furniture. Aromatic oil may be extracted from the branchlets and leaves. Oil may be extracted from the seeds and used in making soap and lubricant.

● Mountain slopes, roadsides, streamsides, mixed forests; 600-1800 m. N Guangdong, Guizhou, Sichuan.


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