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Meliosma rhoifolia Maxim.


Description from Flora of China

Trees medium-sized, evergreen. Leaves odd pinnate, axis somewhat pilose abaxially; petiolules ca. 1 cm; leaflets 11-15, abaxially gray or pale green, adaxially dark green and nitid, narrowly ovate, ovate-lanceolate, or oblong-elliptic, (3-)5-15 × 2-3.5 cm, leathery, both surfaces glabrous or crinite at vein axils abaxially, lateral veins (6-)9-13 pairs, slightly ascending, anastomosing 2-5 mm from margin, base rounded or broadly cuneate, margin sparsely spinose-serrulate or entire, apex acuminate or caudate-acuminate. Panicle terminal or axillary on upper branches, ca. 25 × 20 cm, ferruginous pubescent, soon glabrescent, branched 3(or 4) times, axis triangular, lateral branches flat. Pedicel short. Sepals 5, ovate, ca. 1 mm, outer ones narrower, ciliate. Petals white: 3 outer ones flat-orbicular, ca. 2 × 2.2 mm; 2 inner ones ca. 1/2 as long as filaments, bifid, lobes fringed. Fertile stamens ca. 1.5 mm. Disk shallowly cup-shaped, 5-toothed. Pistil ca. 1.7 mm; ovary pubescent; style slightly longer than ovary. Drupe subglobose, 4-6 mm in diam.; endocarp convex, with scattered netlike strips, midrib slightly prominent. Fl. May-Jun, fr. Aug-Oct.

Evergreen broad-leaved forests; below 1800 m. Fujian, N Guangdong, NE Guangxi, E Guizhou, S and W Hunan, E Jiangxi, C and N Taiwan, SW Zhejiang [Japan (Ryukyu Islands)].


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