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Meliosma angustifolia Merr.


Description from Flora of China

Meliosma crassifolia Handel-Mazzetti; M. pinnata (Roxburgh) Maximowicz subsp. angustifolia (Merrill) Beusekom.

Trees large or small, to 20 m tall, evergreen. Young branches, petioles, petiolules, and inflorescences light brown pubescent. Leaves odd pinnate, 20-30 cm; leaflets 13-23, abaxially red-brown when dry, adaxially nitid, narrowly elliptic, elliptic-lanceolate, or lanceolate, 5-12 × 1.5-3 cm, leathery, sparsely pubescent on midvein, lateral veins 5-7 pairs, anastomosing 2-5 mm from margin, base somewhat narrowly cuneate or rarely rounded, oblique, margin entire or sometimes 1- or 2-toothed, apex obtuse-acuminate. Panicle terminal or axillary, equal to leaf or slightly shorter. Flowers aromatic, subsessile, dense; buds ca. 2 mm in diam. Sepals 5, ovate, ciliate. Petals: 3 outer ones suborbicular, ca. 2 mm in diam.; 2 inner ones slightly shorter than filaments, bifid. Fertile stamens ca. 1.8 mm; connectives orbicular-peltate. Pistil ca. 2 mm; ovary yellowish pubescent. Drupe obovoid, 4-6 mm; endocarp convex, with scattered netlike strips, midrib prominent. Fl. Mar-May, fr. Jun-Oct.

This species is a good source of timber.

● Valleys, wooded ravines, low mountains; below 1500 m. S Guangdong, S Guangxi, Hainan, SE Yunnan.


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