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Eurya acuminatissima Merr. et Chun


Description from Flora of China

Shrubs or trees, 1-7 m tall. Young branches grayish brown to purplish brown, glabrous; current year branchlets reddish brown, terete, sparsely appressed pubescent when young but glabrescent; terminal buds densely pubescent. Petiole 2-3 mm; leaf blade ovate-elliptic, 5-9 × 1.2-2.5 cm, papery to thinly leathery, abaxially pale green, adaxially dark green and shining, both surfaces glabrous or abaxially sparsely appressed pubescent when young but glabrescent, midvein abaxially elevated and adaxially impressed, secondary veins ca. 9 on each side of midvein and obscure on both surfaces, base cuneate, margin closely serrulate, apex caudate-acuminate. Flowers axillary, solitary or to 3 in a cluster. Pedicel 1-3 mm, glabrous or subglabrous. Male flowers: bracteoles orbicular; sepals pale green, suborbicular, 2.5-3 mm, membranous, apex rounded and with a mucronate or emarginate tip; outer 2 sepals ± pubescent; inner 3 sepals glabrous; petals oblong, ca. 4 mm; stamens 14-16; anthers not locellate; pistillode densely pubescent. Female flowers: bracteoles and sepals similar to those of male flowers; petals oblong-lanceolate, ca. 3 mm; ovary ovoid, densely pubescent, 3-loculed; style 3-3.5 mm, apically 3-lobed. Fruit ellipsoid-ovoid to globose, ca. 5 mm, sparsely pubescent. Fl. Sep-Nov, fr. Jul-Aug.

● Forests on mountain slopes or in valleys; 200-1200 m. Guangdong, Guangxi, S Guizhou, S Hunan, S Jiangxi.


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