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Actinodaphne paotingensis

Description from Flora of China

Shrubs or small trees, 4-6 m tall. Young branchlets yellow-brown pubescent and becoming glabrous. Leaves 5-7-verticillate; petiole 1.7-2.5 cm, densely yellow-brown pubescent; leaf blade slightly glaucous abaxially, obovate-lanceolate or oblong, 14-20.5 × 3.5-6.5 cm, gray appressed pubescent abaxially, glabrous adaxially, pinninerved, lateral veins 7-9 pairs, base cuneate or obtusely rounded, apex acute. Umbels in leaf axils, sessile, male umbel 3- or 4-flowered. Pedicel 3-4 mm, densely sericeous-villous. Perianth segments 6-8, oblong or lanceolate, unequal. Flowers 7-8 mm in diam. Male flowers: fertile stamens 9-15; filaments glabrous, of 3rd whorls each with 2 shield-shaped stipitate glands near base; anthers 4-celled, upper 2 cells introrse, lower 2 cells lateral-introrse; rudimentary pistil ca. 4 mm, glabrous. Fruit not seen; fruiting pedicel stout and short, ca. 5 mm, pubescent; perianth tube cup-shaped, entire, ca. 1 cm in diam. Fl. Dec.

● Foot of mountains, mountaintops, shady places in valleys or sparse forests. Hainan.


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