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Litsea balansae Lec.


Description from Flora of China

Evergreen shrubs or small trees, 2-7 m tall, ca. 10 cm d.b.h. Young branchlets yellow-brown pubescent and becoming glabrous. Leaves alternate; petiole 3-6 mm, hairy like young branchlets; leaf blade lanceolate or oblong, 4-11 × 1.5-3.5 cm, yellow-brown pubescent abaxially, more densely so along veins, glabrous adaxially, pinninerved, lateral veins 6 or 7 pairs, transverse veinlets conspicuous, base cuneate, apex acuminate. Umbels solitary or in cluster of 3 or 4, male umbel 3-flowered; peduncle 2-4 mm, pubescent or subglabrous. Male flowers: pedicel 1-2 mm, pilose; perianth segments 6, sometimes 4 or 5, ovate; fertile stamens 9; filaments villous, of 3rd whorls each with 2 subsessile small glands at base. Fruit long ellipsoid, ca. 8 × 3 mm, apiculate at apex; fruiting pedicel ca. 2 mm, thickened at apex. Fl. Apr-May, fr. Jun-Jul.

Mixed forests; 200-1200 m. S Yunnan [Vietnam].


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