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Chinese Plant Names | Family List | Apocynaceae | Melodinus

Melodinus fusiformis Champ. ex Benth.


Description from Flora of China

Melodinus edulis H. Léveillé; M. esquirolii H. Léveillé; M. flavus H. Léveillé; M. seguinii H. Léveillé; M. wrightioides Handel-Mazzetti.

Lianas stout, to 10 m, juvenile parts pubescent, later glabrescent. Bark gray-brown. Petiole 4-6 mm; leaf blade elliptic or oblong, rarely narrowly elliptic, 4.5-12 X 1-5.3 cm, somewhat leathery, base cuneate or rounded, apex acuminate; lateral veins ca. 15 pairs, obliquely spreading and reticulate toward margin. Cymes terminal, 3-5 cm, 6-12-flowered. Pedicel 5-10 mm. Sepals ovate, 4-5 mm, acute. Corolla white, tube 1.2-2 cm; lobes obliquely narrow ovate or obovate, (0.8-)1.1-2 cm X 3.5-9 mm; corona scales 5, indistinct, exserted, villous, apex 2- or 3-cleft. Stamens inserted near base of corolla tube. Berries fusiform, 3.5-5.3 X 2.2-4 cm. Fl. Apr-Sep, fr. Jun-Dec.

The plant is used for the treatment of rheumatism and injury. The fruit is poisonous.

* Sparse montane woods, valleys; 300-1500 m. Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou


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