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Sarcococca orientalis C. Y. Wu


Description from Flora of China

Shrubs, 0.6-3 m tall, with rhizome; young branches longitudinally ribbed, pubescent. Petiole 5-8 mm; leaf blade oblong-lanceolate or oblong-oblanceolate, rarely elliptic or elliptic-oblong, 6-9 × 2-3 cm, thinly leathery, base cuneate or broadly cuneate, margin revolute, apex acuminate; midrib plane or slightly elevated adaxially, puberulent, elevated abaxially, basal lateral veins a pair to triplinerved, visible on both surfaces, other lateral veins slightly visible adaxially. Inflorescences subcapitate, ca. 1 cm; rachis puberulent; bracts ovate, 1-2.5 mm. Male flowers 3-5 or more, clustered in apical part of rachis, sessile; bracteoles 2, broadly ovate, 1-1.5 mm; tepals broadly ovate or suborbicular, to 3 mm; filaments ca. 5 mm; anthers ca. 1.5 mm. Female flowers 1-3 or more, in basal part of rachis, flower and pedicel 3-5 mm; bracteoles ovate, imbricate; tepals similar to apical bracteoles. Drupe ovoid or globose, ca. 7 mm in diam., black when mature; persistent styles 2, ca. 1.5 mm, erect, apices recurved; carpopodium 3-5 mm. Fl. Mar or Sep, fr. May-Jun or Nov-Dec.

● Forests, streamsides; 200-1000 m. W Fujian, N Guangdong, Jiangxi, S Zhejiang.


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