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Elytranthe Blume


Description from Flora of China

Loranthus Jacquin sect. Elytranthe Blume, Fl. Javae (Loranth.) 16. 16 Aug 1830.

Shrubs parasitic, glabrous. Leaves opposite; leaf blade leathery, pinnately veined. Inflorescences axillary, of spikes; flowers few, large, crowded, inserted in hollows on short, stout rachis; 1 bract and 2 bracteoles subtending each flower, bracts and bracteoles subequal, leathery, sheathing the base of the calyx or the corolla, bract keeled, bracteoles distinct. Flowers bisexual, 6-merous. Calyx ovoid or cylindric, limb annular or cupular, persistent. Mature flower bud tubular. Corolla sympetalous, tube dilated, usually 6-keeled in middle portion; lobes reflexed or slightly twisted. Filaments subulate; anthers 4-loculed, sometimes multilocellate; pollen grain semilobate in polar view. Ovary at first 3-loculed, then 1-loculed; placentation free, central. Style filiform, base articulated; stigma capitate. Berry ellipsoid or ovoid.

About ten species: tropical SE and S Asia; two species in China.


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