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Neolitsea pallens (D. Don) Momiyama & Hara in J. Jap. Bot. 47: 269, f. 1. 1972. (exclus. var. umbrosa).

Vern.: Chirindi.

  • Litsaea consimilis (Nees) Nees
  • Litsea umbrosa var. consimilis (Nees) Hook. f.
  • Neolitsea umbrosa auct. non Gamble: R.R. Stewart
  • Tetradenia consimilis Nees
  • Tetranthera pallens D. Don

    Small tree; branchlets slender, densely, minutely sub-adpressed tomentellous. Terminal bud elongate-conical, with many scales, c. 1 cm long, the upper ones minutely sericeous. Leaves aggregate, chartaceous, narrowly oblong to oblong to sublanceolate oblong to suboblanceolate-oblong, 1-4 x 4-12cm, attenuately acuminate, base shortly acute to rounded, both surfaces minutely areolate-reticulate; main nerves prominulous; above glossy green, beneath whitish, initially sparsely sericeous, soon glabrous; the sub-basal lateral nerves reaching 1/3-1/2 the lamina length, lateral nerves 5-8 pairs, erect-patent, arcuate, connected by numerous, fine, parallel, sub-horizontal secondary nerves. Petiole slender, glabrescent, 1-1.5 cm long. Umbels axillary on an up to 1 mm long, thick communal, bracteate peduncle. Bracts ovate-elliptic, 4-5 mm, minutely laxly sericeous. Male flower: pedicels 2-2.5 mm, villous; tepals oblong, glabrous, 2 mm; stamens 4 mm, strongly exserted; basal glands small, attached to the basal half of the filament. Female flower: tepals oblong, 2mm; style 1.5 mm, stigma minute, peltate. Fruit ellipsoid-globose, 6 x 8 mm; pedicel slightly obconical, slender, 7-10 mm, mature cup flat, disc-like, 2-3 mm in diameter, thin, the margin of 6 broad lobes.

    Fl. Per.: March-May.

    Type: Nepal, D. Don s.n. (BM).

    Distribution: Eastern and Western outer Himalayas, Khasia, China.

    This species occurs in moist pine woods. The florets are often irregular and in the female ones, an occasional fertile anther may be found, sometimes 1-celled instead of 2-celled.


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