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Eurya alata

Description from Flora of China

Shrubs 1-3 m tall. Young branches grayish brown, 4-ribbed; current year branchlets pale brown, 4-ribbed, glabrous; terminal buds glabrous. Petiole ca. 4 mm, glabrous; leaf blade oblong to elliptic, 4-7.5 × 1.5-2.5 cm, leathery, abaxially yellowish green, adaxially dark green and shiny, both surfaces glabrous, midvein abaxially elevated and adaxially impressed, secondary veins 6-8 on each side of midvein, abaxially slightly raised, and adaxially obscure to rarely slightly impressed, base cuneate, margin closely serrulate, apex abruptly shortly caudate to rarely acuminate and with an obtuse tip. Flowers axillary, solitary or to 3 in a cluster. Pedicel 2-3 mm, glabrous. Male flowers: bracteoles suborbicular, glabrous; sepals suborbicular, ca. 2 mm, membranous, glabrous, apex obtuse; petals obovate-oblong, 3-3.5 mm; stamens ca. 15; anthers not locellate; pistillode glabrous. Female flowers: bracteoles and sepals similar to those of male flowers; petals oblong, ca. 2.5 mm; ovary globose, glabrous, 3-loculed; style ca. 1.5 mm, apically 3-lobed. Fruit bluish black when mature, globose, ca. 4 mm in diam. Fl. Oct-Nov, fr. Jun-Aug.

● Forests on mountain slopes or in valleys; 300-1600 m. S Anhui, Fujian, N Guangdong, N Guangxi, E Guizhou, Henan, W Hubei, Hunan, E Jiangxi, S Shaanxi, E Sichuan, S Zhejiang.


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