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Ilex suaveolens (Levl.) Loes.


Description from Flora of China

Celastrus suaveolens H. Léveillé, Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 13: 263. 1914; Ilex debaoensis C. J. Tseng.

Trees evergreen, 7-15 m tall. Young branchlets brown, angular, glabrous throughout; older branchlets subterete; lenticels raised, elliptic. Petiole 1.5-2 cm, winged; leaf blade olivaceous when dry, ovate or elliptic, 5-6.5(-10) × 2-2.5(-4) cm, leathery, both surfaces glabrous, midvein raised on both surfaces, lateral veins 8-10 pairs, slightly raised on both surfaces, reticulate veins ± evident on both surfaces, base broadly cuneate, decurrent, margin sparsely and minutely crenate, slightly incurved, apex acuminate, acumen triangular. Flowers not known. Infructescences: cymes of order 2 or 3, solitary, axillary, 3-7-fruited, sometimes umbelliform; peduncles (1-)1.5-2 cm, angular, glabrous; fruiting pedicels 5-8 mm, glabrous. Fruit red, narrowly globose, ca. 9 mm, ca. 6 mm in diam.; persistent calyx ca. 2 mm in diam., 5-lobed, lobes broadly triangular, not ciliate; persistent stigma mammilliform; pyrenes 4, oblong, ca. 8 mm, ca. 3 mm in diam., endocarp stony. Fl. Jun, fr. unknown.

● Evergreen broad-leaved forests; 600-1600 m. S Anhui (Huang Shan), Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang.


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