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Daphne acutiloba

Description from Flora of China

Shrubs evergreen, 0.5-2 m tall. Branches few, yellowish green, turning purplish reddish brown, appressed tomentose, becoming glabrous. Leaves alternate; petiole almost absent to 8 mm, glabrous; leaf blade yellowish green, oblanceolate, elliptic-oblanceolate, or lanceolate, 4-10 × 1.2-3.6 cm, leathery, both surfaces glabrous, base cuneate, apex acuminate or obtuse, rarely retuse; veins 7-12 pairs. Inflorescences terminal, usually 5-7(-10)-flowered; bracts caducous, ovate-elliptic or oblong-lanceolate, 6-8 × 1-3 mm, pubescent, apex obtuse, acute, or rarely caudate; leaflike bracts several, usually persistent, oblong-lanceolate, 3-3.5 × 0.5-1 cm, glabrous. Flowers fragrant; pedicel 0.5-2 mm, sericeous. Calyx white, sometimes suffused with purple; tube cylindric, 9-12(-14) mm, exterior glabrous; lobes 4, ovate or ovate-oblong, 5-7 × 4-5 mm, apex acuminate or acute. Stamens 8, lower whorl inserted well above middle of calyx tube, upper whorl in throat; filaments ca. 0.5 mm; anthers oblong, ca. 1.5 mm; upper ones partly exserted from calyx tube. Disk annular-cup-shaped, entire or variously lobed. Ovary ellipsoid, 3-4 mm, glabrous; style very short; stigma capitate. Drupe red, ellipsoid, ca. 8 mm. Fl. Apr-May, fr. Jul-Sep.

● Forests; 1400-3000 m. Hubei, Sichuan, Yunnan.


 

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