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43. Ribes orientale Desfontaines, Hist. Arb. 2: 88. 1809.

东方茶(艹鹿灬)子 dong fang cha biao zi

Description from Flora of China

Ribes leptostachyum Decaisne; R. punctatum Lindley (1810), not Ruiz & Pavón (1802).

Shrubs usually dioecious, 0.5-2 m tall, vegetative parts pubescent, sticky glandular and/or shortly stalked glandular. Branchlets stout, unarmed. Buds reddish brown, ovoid to oblong, 5-6 mm, apex obtuse or acute. Petiole 1-2(-3) cm; leaf blade suborbicular to reniform-orbicular, 1-3(-4) cm, base truncate to shallowly cordate; lobes 3-5, margin irregularly coarsely dentate or doubly dentate, apex obtuse or acute; terminal lobe subequaling lateral ones. Inflorescences and most flower parts pubescent and glandular pubescent; male racemes erect, 2-5 cm, 15-30-flowered, female ones 2-3 cm, 5-15-flowered, to 4 cm in fruit; bracts lanceolate to elliptic, 5-9 mm, 1-veined. Flowers rarely bisexual; pedicel 2-3 mm. Calyx purple to purplish brown; tube broadly saucer-shaped to rotate, 1-2 mm; lobes erect, ovate to subligulate, 2-2.5 mm, usually obscurely 3-veined. Petals subflabellate to subspatulate, 0.5-1 mm, ± pubescent. Stamens slightly longer than petals. Ovary ovoid. Style 2-lobed. Fruit red to purple, globose, 0.7-0.9 cm, pubescent and shortly stalked glandular. Fl. Apr-May, fr. Jul-Aug.

Forests, forest margins, rock crevices, roadsides; 2100-4900 m. W Sichuan, Xizang, NW Yunnan [Bhutan, India, Kashmir, Nepal, Russia; SW Asia, SE Europe].


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