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Trichosanthes villosa Bl.


Description from Flora of China

Stems robust, long, densely brownish villous; petiole 10-12 cm, densely brownish villous; leaf blade adaxially deep green, broadly ovate, 11-18 × 11-17 cm, papery, unlobed or tricuspidate, abaxially densely villous-hirsute, adaxially densely and shortly brownish villous, margin denticulate, apex acuminate. Male raceme 10-20 cm, 15-20-flowered; peduncle densely brownish villous; bracts oblong, 3-5 × 2-4 cm, both surfaces brownish villous, margin irregularly dentate; calyx tube 2.5-3 × 0.6-1.2 cm, densely brownish villous; segments linear-lanceolate, ca. 2 × 0.3-0.4 cm, both surfaces villous, margin entire, apex long acuminate. Female flowers solitary; pedicel ca. 1.5 cm, densely long villous; calyx tube cylindric, ca. 1.5 × 0.7 cm; ovary oblong, ca. 1.5 × 1 cm, densely villous. Fruit brown-red, subglobose, 8-13 cm. Seeds oblong or obovate-triangular, 1.7-2.8 × 1-1.7 cm, 1-veined at middle, base obtuse, apex truncate. Fl. Dec-next Jul, fr. Sep-Nov.

Thickets or open forests on mountain slopes; 300-1000 m. S and SW Guangxi, S Yunnan [Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam].


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