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Agapetes obovata (Wight) Hook. f.


Description from Flora of China

Vaccinium obovatum Wight, Icon. Pl. Ind. Orient. 4: t. 1193. 1848; Thibaudia obovata (Wight) Griffith.

Shrubs much branched. Twigs terete, ca. 1 mm in diam., glabrous or spreading hispid. Leaves crowded; petiole ca. 2.5 mm; leaf blade obovate-spatulate, 0.8–2.2 cm × 5–9 mm, leathery, glabrous, adaxially slightly rugose, secondary veins inconspicuous, base cuneate, margin recurved, entire, with 1 subbasal gland per side, apex obtuse or emarginate. Flowers solitary, pendulous. Pedicel 0.8–1 cm, glabrous, not swollen. Calyx tube 1–2 mm, glabrous; limb divided 2/3 to base; lobes triangular-lanceolate, ca. 1 mm. Corolla deep red, campanulate, 6–7 mm; lobes triangular, 1.5–2.5 mm, margin ?revolute. Filaments ca. 1.5 mm, pilose; anthers ca. 4.5 mm, thecae papillate, base apiculate, tubules ca. 2 × as long as thecae, with 2 erect spurs. Berry white, globose, 4–5 mm in diam. Fl. Mar.

In overall appearance this species is much like a small-leaved Vaccinium, but the corolla is pointed in bud.

Evergreen forests, epiphytic on trees; ca. 2100 m. SE Yunnan [NE India (Khasi hills)].


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