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Saurauia thyrsiflora

Description from Flora of China

Small trees or shrubs, 2-4 m tall. Branchlets with scurfy tomentum, intermixed with subulate scales. Petiole 1.5-4 cm, brown puberulent, with subulate scales; leaf blade oblong-elliptic, 14-26 × 5.5-11 cm, membranous, both surfaces sparsely brown tomentose when young, puberulent on midvein and lateral veins abaxially when mature, sparsely setose only on midvein and lateral veins abaxially, sparsely setose on midvein and lateral veins and occasionally in between veins adaxially, lateral veins 12-15 pairs, base obtuse to rounded, margin finely serrate, apex shortly acuminate to acute. Inflorescences axillary, 8-12 cm, brown puberulent and subulate-scaly, ca. 13-flowered; bracts more than 2 at base of each branch, elliptic, 2-5 mm, sometimes leaflike, to 1.6 cm; pedicels 1-1.7 cm, with 2 bracteoles at base. Flowers pink, 0.8-1 cm in diam. Sepals white to greenish white, outer 3 broadly elliptic, inner 2 narrowly elliptic, ca. 5 mm, abaxially brown tomentose, margin occasionally ciliate. Petals oblong, connate at base. Stamens 48-65. Ovary subglobose; styles 3 or 4(or 5), connate below middle. Fruit green, subglobose, 0.8-1.2 cm in diam., slightly 5-ribbed. Fl. May-Jul, fr. Aug-Dec.

● Mountain forests, thickets, valleys; 500-1500 m. W Guangxi, SE Guizhou, E Yunnan.


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