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Lycianthes macrodon (Wallich ex Nees) Bitter


Description from Flora of China

Solanum macrodon Wallich ex Nees, Trans. Linn. Soc. London 17: 43. 1837.

Shrubs to subshrubs ca. 1 m tall; young branchlets with erect, simple hairs, mostly glabrescent, sometimes with persistent, scattered branched hairs. Leaves unequal paired; petiole 0.5-2 cm; blade of major leaf lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, 5-9 × 3-4 cm, with sparse many-celled hairs adaxially, base decurrent, apex acute or acuminate; blade of minor leaf ovate, 2-4 × 1-1.5 cm. Inflorescences 1-3-flowered fascicles in leaf axils. Pedicel 1-1.5 cm. Calyx cup-shaped to campanulate, 6-7 mm; teeth 10, subulate, slightly unequal, 4-4.5 mm. Corolla white, stellate, ca. 1 cm; lobes lanceolate, 8-11 × 2-3 mm, with green basal spots, ciliate. Filaments ca. 0.3 mm; anthers oblong, 3-3.5 mm. Style 8-10 mm. Fruiting pedicel 5-12 mm, pubescent with many-celled hairs. Fruiting calyx teeth 5-5.5 mm. Berry red, subglobose, 0.8-1 cm in diam. Seeds deltate-reniform, ca. 1.2 mm. Fl. Jun-Sep, fr. Sep-Dec.

This species was recorded in FRPS on the basis of two collections that were assigned with hesitation. The record here is based on a collection from Yunnan, Henry 12273, which agrees with the type collection, Wallich 2621, as seen on microfiche. Three varieties described by Bitter from India were recorded in FRPS, but it was said that the Chinese material was not a good match for any of them, and we have not seen authenticated material.

Near ditches, wet places at edges of forests; 1500-2300 m. Taiwan, Yunnan [Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Thailand]


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