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Platea latifolia Blume


Description from Flora of China

Platea hainanensis R. A. Howard; Platystigma myristiceum R. Brown ex J. D. Hooker; Sideroxylon gamblei C. B. Clarke.

Trees 6-25 m tall. Bark gray; young parts with rust-colored stellate scales or hairy. Petiole 2-3.5 cm; leaf blade abaxially light green, adaxially dark green, elliptic or oblong, 10-19 × 4-9 cm, midvein abaxially prominent, adaxially minutely concave, lateral veins 6-14 pairs, prominent abaxially, anastomosing near margin, reticulate veins slightly conspicuous, slender, base rounded or obtuse, apex acuminate. Staminate flowers in large axillary panicles 4-10 cm, densely tomentose; bracts ovate, ca. 1 mm; sepals ovate, 0.5-0.8 mm, ciliate; petals green, ovate- elliptic, 1.5-1.8 mm, glabrous, apex incurved; filaments white; anthers yellow, oblong, ca. 0.8 mm; ovary reduced, conical. Pistillate flowers in short axillary racemes 1-2 cm, densely tomentose; bracts lanceolate, 4-7 mm; pedicels 3-4 mm, stout; sepals triangular, ca. 3 mm, outside with dense scales, inside glabrous, margin ciliate; ovary terete; stigma discoid. Drupe ellipsoid-ovoid, 3-4 cm, 1.5-2 cm in diam., with persistent stig-ma and persistent calyx. Fl. Feb-Apr, fr. Jun-Nov.

Dense forests in valleys; 900-1300 m. S Guangdong, S Guangxi, Hainan, SE Yunnan [Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam].


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