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Aucuba filicauda

Description from Flora of China

Shrubs to 4 m tall; branches yellow to blackish brown, pubescent when young. Petiole stout, 1–3 cm, pubescent, with short thick trichomes; leaf blade broadly to narrowly elliptic or obovate-elliptic, 9–18 × 2.5–10 cm, papery to leathery, abaxially pubescent, with thick trichomes on midvein and lateral veins, adaxially glabrous, lateral veins 6–8 pairs, slightly impressed adaxially, base slightly oblique, margin glandular denticulate or slightly undulate-serrulate on apical half, apex long cuspidate for 1–1.5 cm. Staminate inflorescences racemose panicles, 7–15 cm, pubescent, with appressed thick trichomes. Carpellate inflorescences shortly paniculate, 2–5 cm, stout, pubescence with yellow trichomes. Staminate flowers: calyx cup-shaped, glabrous or sparsely pubescent; calyx lobes short; petals purplish red, ovate, 3.5–4 mm, apex cirrhose for ca. 2.5 mm, fringed by short trichomes; floral disk slightly 4-lobed; stamens short; bracteole of pedicel 1, linear, ca. 1.5 mm. Carpellate flowers: calyx and petals as in staminate flowers; ovary conical, pubescent, with thick appressed trichomes; stigma slightly 4-lobed. Fruit green when young, mature fruit not seen, ellipsoid, ovoid, or ovoid-oblong, 1.2–1.5 cm, 7–10 mm in diam., glabrous or slightly pubescent. Fl. Apr–May, fr. after Jul.

Forests; 900–1900 m. Guangxi, Guizhou, Jiangxi, Yunnan.


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