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Parastyrax W. W. Smith


Description from Flora of China

Trees. Winter buds naked. Leaves alternate; stipules absent; leaf blade margin entire or callose-denticulate. Inflorescences in axillary thyrses, usually from near base of branchlets; bracteoles early deciduous. Pedicel very short, jointed. Flowers bisexual. Calyx cup-shaped, adnate to ovary, limb subtruncate. Corolla lobes 5, basally connate, imbricate. Stamens 10--16, included, equal in length or 5 long and 5 short; filaments basally connate into a cylindrical tube, free from corolla tube; anthers oblong. Ovary mostly inferior, 3-locular; ovules numerous per locule. Style elongate, subulate; stigma capitate. Drupes indehiscent, with large lenticels when mature, 1- or 2-locular by abortion, without wings or ribs, with persistent calyx, apex conic, exocarp fleshy. Seeds 4--8.

Two species: SW China, Myanmar; two species in China.


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