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Sarcococca wallichii Stapf


Description from Flora of China

Sarcococca coriacea Müller Argoviensis.

Shrubs, 0.6-3 m tall; branchlets erect or recurved toward left or right, sometimes longer and slender, trailing, longitudinally ribbed, glabrous. Petiole 0.8-1.2(-2) cm; leaf blade thinly leathery, elliptic, oblong-lanceolate, or lanceolate, 6-10 × 2-3.5(-5) cm, lucid green adaxially, light green abaxially, glabrous on both surfaces, base rounded or broadly cuneate, apex acuminate or shortly caudate; midrib elevated on both surfaces, basal lateral veins a pair, distance 2-5 mm from base, to distinctly triplinerved. Inflorescences subcapitate or shortly spicate, often upper part elongate, 1-2 cm; rachis glabrous; bracts ovate or lanceolate, 1-2 mm. Flowers white, fragrant. Male flowers 3-6(-10), inserted on major part of rachis, sessile and ebracteolate, or male flowers in middle to apical part shortly pedicellate and ebracteolate, in basal part pedicellate and 2 bracteoles, in lowest part shortly ramified, apical male flowers 2, sessile; tepals usually 4 or 5 at upper part of ebracteolate male flowers, ovate, long ovate, broadly ovate, or broadly elliptic, 3-4 mm, apex acute or mucronate; filaments 6-8 mm; anthers ca. 1.5 mm. Female flowers 2-3 inserted basally on rachis; bracteoles 4 or 5 pairs, broadly ovate or ovate-lanceolate, 1-2 mm; tepals 4-6, ovate, 1.5-2.5 mm, acute or acuminate. Drupe subglobose or ellipsoid, 9-10 mm; persistent styles 2 or 3, ca. 2 mm, recurved; carpopodium 6-10 mm. Fl. and fr. Sep-Dec.

Forests on mountain slopes or in valleys; 1300-2700 m. Xizang, S and W Yunnan (Dali, Jingdong, Tengchong, Zhenkang) [Bhutan, NE India, Myanmar, Nepal].


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