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Vaccinium arbutoides C. B. Clarke


Description from Flora of China

Shrubs epiphytic, 0.6–1 m tall, sparsely branched. Twigs subangled, glabrous, with scattered lenticels; bud scales inconspicuous. Leaves scattered; petiole 6–9 mm, stout, densely shortly strigose; leaf blade oblong or elliptic, 8–13 × 3–5 cm, leathery, abaxially densely glandular pubescent, adaxially glabrous, secondary veins 5 or 8 pairs, ascending, secondary and fine veins raised abaxially, flat adaxially, base broadly cuneate, margin plane, entire, with 1 basal gland per side, apex shortly caudate-acuminate. Inflorescences racemose, 1.5–3 cm, densely brownish tomentellate, many flowered; bracts caducous. Pedicel 1–3 mm, densely tomentellate. Hypanthium densely strigose; calyx lobes narrowly triangular, ca. 2.5 mm, densely ciliate. Corolla not known. Filaments ca. 1.5 mm, pilose; anthers ca. 1.5 mm, with 2 spreading spurs, tubules ca. 1/2 as long as thecae and ca. as long as spurs. Berry 10-pseudoloculed, red to dark purple, globose, 6–7 mm in diam., densely hairy. Fr. Nov.

Forests, epiphytic on old tree stumps; ca. 2500 m. S Xizang, NW Yunnan [NE India, Myanmar].


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