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Viburnum laterale Rehd.


Description from Flora of China

Shrubs, deciduous, total size unknown. Bark gray-brownish. Branchlets of current year brownish, glabrous; branchlets of previous year gray-brownish, terete, glabrous, with sparse, small, rounded lenticels. Winter buds ovoid-lanceolate, with 2 pairs of separate scales; scales glabrous. Leaves always opposite, not clustered at apices of branchlets; stipules absent; petiole green, slender, 1-2 cm, glabrous; leaf blade green when young, ovate, elliptic, ovate-oblong, or narrowly elliptic-oblong, 7-12 × 4-7 cm, papery, abaxially glabrous, adaxially lustrous, midvein raised abaxially, lateral veins 6-9-jugate, pinnate, arched, rarely branched, ending in teeth, raised abaxially, slightly impressed adaxially, veinlets transverse, inconspicuous on both surfaces, not lobed, base rounded or broadly cuneate, without glands, margin serrate, apex acuminate. Flowers appearing after leaves; inflorescence a compound umbel-like cyme, at apices of lateral short branchlets with 1-jugate leaves, 4-5 cm in diam.; rays whorled; first node of inflorescence with 4 or 5 rays, dense, glabrous, without large sterile radiant flowers; peduncles 5-6 cm, slender; bracts and bracteoles late deciduous or persistent, leaflike, green, linear-lanceolate, ca. 3 × < 1 mm, glabrous. Flowers on rays of 2nd and 3rd orders, not fragrant, sessile or shortly pedicellate. Calyx greenish; tube oblong-ovoid, ca. 1 mm, glabrous; lobes triangular-ovate, very small, glabrous, apex ± acute or obtuse. Corolla white, rotate, ca. 3 mm in diam., glabrous; tube ca. 4 mm; lobes spreading, ovate, ca. as long as tube, apex rounded, margin entire. Stamens exceeding corolla, inserted at apex of corolla tube; filaments ca. 3 × as long as anthers; anthers yellow, ellipsoid, ca. 1 mm. Styles exceeding calyx lobes; stigmas capitate. Fruit unknown. Fl. Jun.

This species is known only from the type collection.

● ?Forests; 800-900 m. Fujian.


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