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Maesa argentea (Wall.) A. DC.


Description from Flora of China

Baeobotrys argentea Wallich in Roxburgh, Fl. Ind. 2: 233. 1824.

Shrubs or rarely small trees to 5 m tall. Branchlets densely hirtellous and glandular granulose; pith solid. Petiole canaliculate, 1.8-2(-3) cm, sparsely pilose; leaf blade ovate or broadly elliptic, 12-17(-22) × 5-9(-11) cm, sparsely hirtellous and glandular granulose abaxially, glabrescent adaxially except granulose veins, reticulate punctate-lineate, base acute, margin serrate-dentate, apex acuminate; lateral veins ca. 8 on each side of midrib, ending in teeth, submarginal vein absent. Inflorescences axillary, racemose-spicate, 1-4(-5) cm, axis pilose; bracteoles ovate, sparsely pilose. Flowers white, (2-)3 mm. Pedicel subobsolete to 0.8 mm, hirtellous. Calyx conical; lobes ovate, glabrous, punctate-lineate, margin entire, apex acute or obtuse. Corolla tubular-campanulate, ca. 3 mm; tube ca. 2 mm; lobes ca. 1 mm, punctate-lineate, margin ± erose-denticulate near base; apex broadly obtuse. Stamens included, inserted at middle of corolla tube; anthers ovate, shorter than filaments. Pistil included. Style cylindric; stigma 3- or 4-lobed. Fruit globose to broadly ovoid, 3-4(-5) mm in diam., fleshy, punctate-lineate, glabrous; persistent calyx lobes meeting at fruit apex. Fl. Mar-Apr, fr. Sep-Oct.

Broad-leaved forests, hilly areas, valleys, stream banks, damp places; 1500-2900 m. Sichuan, Yunnan [India, Myanmar, Nepal]


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