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Pottsia laxiflora (Bl.) O. Ktze.


Description from Flora of China

Vallaris laxiflora Blume, Bijdr. 1043. 1826; Pottsia cantonensis Hooker & Arnott; P. hookeriana Wight; P. laxiflora var. pubescens (Tsiang) P. T. Li; P. ovata A. de Candolle; P. pubescens Tsiang.

Lianas to 10 m. Branches and branchlets slender, pubescent or glabrous. Petiole 1.5-4 cm; leaf blade ovate, narrowly ovate, or elliptic, 6-12 X 3-7 cm, base obtuse to rounded or subcordate, pubescent or glabrous on both surfaces; lateral veins 4-6 pairs. Cymes to 25 cm, long pedunculate, many flowered. Corolla purple or rose, ca. 7 mm; tube glabrous, longer than lobes; lobes narrowly ovate, ca. 2 mm, spreading. Ovary pilose. Style thickened at middle. Follicles linear, to 55 cm X 3-5 mm, pubescent to gla-brous. Seeds linear, ca. 2 cm, coma 2.5-3 cm. Fl. Apr-Aug, fr. Aug-Oct.

The stem and leaves are used to treat fractures and injury and the latex and roots for anemia and rheumatism.

Open forests, forest borders, brushwoods; 200-1000 m. Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Hunan, Yunnan, Zhejiang [Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam].


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