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Eberhardtia aurata (Pierre ex Dubard) Lec.


Description from Flora of China

Planchonella aurata Pierre in Dubard, Notul. Syst. (Paris) 2: 134. 1911.

Trees 7--15 m tall. Trunk 20--40 cm d.b.h., bark dark gray. Branchlets rust colored tomentose. Petiole 2--3.5 cm, densely rust colored tomentose; leaf blade oblong, obovate-oblong, or elliptic, 12--24 X 4.5--9.5 cm, almost leathery, abaxially densely rust colored tomentose, adaxially glabrous, base cuneate to subrounded, apex abruptly acuminate, lateral veins 16--23 pairs. Flowers aromatic. Pedicel rust colored tomentose. Sepals 2 or 3(or 4), 5--7 X 2--3 mm, outside rust colored tomentose, inside gray tomentose. Corolla white, glabrous, lobes 2--3 mm; appendages 4--5 mm, petal-like. Stamens ca. 2 mm; staminodes ca. 3 mm. Ovary gray tomentose. Fruit with persistent calyx, subglobose, 2.5--3.5 cm, 5-ribbed, rust colored tomentose; stipe ca. 1 cm; 3--5-seeded. Seeds flat, 2--2.3 X 1--1.5 cm, shiny; scar from adaxial side extended to end. Fl. Mar, fr. Feb-Dec.

Seed oil is edible or used for making soap. Timber is of high quality.

Evergreen forests or mixed forests; 700--1300 m. Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan [N Vietnam]


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