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Vaccinium delavayi Franch.


Description from Flora of China

Shrubs evergreen, terrestrial or epiphytic, prostrate, or 0.5–1 m tall, many branched; rootstock swollen. Twigs angled, grayish brown pubescent and brown glandular setose; bud scales inconspicuous. Leaves dense; leaf blade obovate, 0.7–1.5 cm × 4–9 mm, leathery, glabrous, secondary veins ca. 3 pairs, inconspicuous abaxially, impressed adaxially, base cuneate, margin plane, cartilaginous, with 1 basal gland per side, sparsely denticulate or subentire, usually sparsely deciduously glandular ciliate, apex rounded, retuse. Inflorescences pseudoterminal, racemose, 1–3 cm, pubescent and glandular setose, 4–8-flowered; bracts caducous, ovate, 5–6 mm. Pedicel 2–4 mm, pubescent and glandular setose. Hypanthium ca. 1 mm, glabrous; calyx limb divided to 1/2; calyx lobes broadly triangular, ca. 0.8 mm, ciliate. Corolla white or pinkish, urceolate, 3–5 mm, glabrous; lobes erect, ca. 0.7 mm. Filaments ca. 1 mm, subglabrous or retrorse-pilose; anthers ca. 2.3 mm, thecae with 2 spreading spurs; tubules ca. as long as thecae. Berry 10-pseudoloculed, dark purple, 4–8 mm in diam. Fl. Mar–May.

Forests, Tsuga-Rhododendron forests, sometimes epiphytic on trees, alpine Rhododendron thickets, ridges, dry slopes, rocks; 2000–3700(–3800) m. SW Sichuan, Taiwan, SE Xizang, Yunnan [Myanmar].


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