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Heterosmilax septemnervia

Description from Flora of China

Vines climbing. Stem to more than 1 m, woody. Petiole 1.5--4 cm, narrowly winged for 1/7--1/3 its length; tendrils vestigial or well developed. Leaf blade ovate to orbicular, 6--22(--25) × 4.5--15 cm. Peduncle (0.5--)1.5--4 cm. Umbels of both sexes 20--60-flowered, base thickened, 3--5 mm in diam.; pedicels 1.5--2.5 cm. Male flowers: perianth ellipsoid, 4--8 × 3--4 mm, teeth obtuse at apex; stamens 8--10; filaments 3--5 mm, connate for 1/3--1/2 their length, forming a column but leaving apices free; anthers ovate, ca. 1.2 mm. Female flowers: perianth ovoid-globose, 3--5 × 3--3.5 mm, teeth obtuse at apex; staminodes 3--6. Berries purple, subglobose, 5--10 × 6--8 mm. Fl. May--Jun, fr. Sep--Nov.

Densely forested slopes, hillsides along valleys or streams; 700--2400 m. Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Yunnan [Vietnam].


 

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