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Chinese Plant Names | Family List | Theaceae | Eurya

Eurya chinensis R. Br.


Description from Flora of China

Shrubs 1-3 m tall. Young branches grayish brown, 2-ribbed, glabrous; current year branchlets yellowish green to yellowish brown, 2-ribbed, pubescent or glabrous; terminal buds densely yellowish brown pubescent or glabrous. Petiole 2-3 mm; leaf blade obovate to obovate-elliptic, 2-5.5 × 1-2 cm, thinly leathery, abaxially pale green, glabrous or sparsely pubescent when young, and glabrescent, adaxially bright green and glabrous, midvein abaxially elevated and adaxially impressed, secondary veins 6-8 on each side of midvein and obscure on both surfaces, base cuneate, margin closely serrulate, apex obtuse, slightly emarginate, or rarely subrounded. Flowers axillary, solitary or to 4 in a cluster. Pedicel ca. 2 mm, glabrous. Male flowers: bracteoles very small, glabrous; sepals ovate-orbicular to ovate, glabrous, 1.5-2 mm, apex subrounded; petals obovate, 3-3.5 mm, glabrous; stamens ca. 15; anthers not locellate; pistillode glabrous. Female flowers: bracteoles and sepals similar to those of male flowers but slightly smaller; petals ovate, 2-2.5 mm; ovary ovoid, glabrous, 3-loculed; style 1.5-2 mm, apically 3-lobed. Fruit purplish black when mature, globose to rarely ovoid, 3-4 mm in diam. Seeds blackish brown, reniform, shiny. Fl. Nov-Dec, fr. Jun-Jul.

● Thickets on hilly land or along streams; below 1000 m. E and S Fujian, Guangdong, S Guangxi, S Hunan, S Jiangxi, SE Sichuan, Taiwan.


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