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Litsea viridis Liou


Description from Flora of China

Evergreen small trees, 3-6 m tall. Young branchlets puberulent and becoming glabrous. Leaves alternate; petiole 5-10 mm, puberulent when young; leaf blade elliptic, 8-13 × 2.5-4.5 cm, gray-yellow puberulent abaxially, glabrous adaxially, except sparsely puberulent on midrib, pinninerved, lateral veins 8-10 pairs, conspicuously reticulate-veined on both surfaces, base cuneate, apex acuminate. Umbels often in cluster of 2-5 on short branchlets; short branchlets 2-3 mm. Male flowers: perianth segments 6, ovate-rounded; fertile stamens 9; filaments glabrous, of 3rd whorls each with 2 rounded-cordate small glands at base; rudimentary pistil lacking. Fruit ellipsoid, ca. 15 × 8 mm, apiculate at apex, seated on discoid perianth tube; fruiting pedicel ca. 3 mm, puberulent. Fr. Nov-Dec.

Sparse forests on riverbanks in valleys; 400-1100 m. SE Yunnan [Vietnam].


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