Description from Flora of China
Lindera gambleana C. K. Allen var. floribunda C. K. Allen, J. Arnold Arbor. 22: 28. 1941.
Evergreen trees, 4-10 m tall. Young branchlets densely gray-brown tomentose, with longitudinal dehiscences and lenticels. Buds ovate; bud scales densely gray-white pubescent. Leaves alternate; petiole ca. 1 cm; leaf blade gray-blue abaxially, green and not shiny adaxially, obovate or elliptic, (6.5-)7-10(-11) × 4.5-6.5 cm, papery, trinerved, reticulate veins distinct, convex and densely yellow-brown tomentose abaxially, apex acuminate. Umbels 3-7, inserted at short branch; involucral bracts 4, silver-white villous outside, 5-flowered inside. Male flowers: tepals 6, elliptic, ca. 4 × 2 mm, densely villous on outer surface, glabrous on inner surface; stamens 9; filaments villous, ca. 4 mm in 1st and 2nd whorl, ca. 3 mm in 3rd whorl, 2-glandular near base; glands reniform; reduced ovary ovoid; style densely villous; stigma disciform. Female flowers small; tepals ca. 1 mm, less than 0.5 mm wide; reduced stamens 9, fasciated, ca. 1 mm, laxly villous; anther slightly enlarged in 1st and 2nd whorl; filaments 2-glandular above middle in 3rd whorl; glands rounded-reniform; ovary ellipsoid; style densely silver-white sericeous; stigma disciform, 2-cleft. Fruits ellipsoid, ca. 0.8 × 0.4 cm, tomentose when young; stipes ca. 0.8 cm; hypocarpium disciform, inflated. Fl. Mar-Apr, fr. Apr-Aug.
● Mixed forests on mountain slopes or riversides; 300-1300 m. Gansu, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Sichuan.