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Illicium merrillianum A. C. Smith

Description from Flora of China

Small trees. Perules lanceolate, 5-7 mm. Leaves in clusters of 3-5 at distal nodes; petiole 0.6-1.5 cm; leaf blade elliptic to lanceolate, 8-12.5 × 2-5 cm, leathery, midvein adaxially conspicuously impressed, secondary veins 6-11 on each side of midvein and on both surfaces flat or slightly prominent, base narrowly cuneate, apex acuminate. Flowers axillary or subterminal. Flower peduncle 2-4 cm. Tepals 15-20, cherry red, elliptic (largest), 7-10 × 5-7.5 mm (largest). Stamens 14-19, 2.5-4 mm; filaments 1.5-2.7 mm; connectives inconspicuously truncate; anthers 1-1.3 mm; pollen grains trisyncolpate. Carpels ca. 8, 3.5-4.5 mm; ovary 1.5-2.2 mm; style 1.8-2.5 mm. Fruit peduncle length unknown. Fruit with (5-)8 follicles; follicles ca. 12 × 5 × 2 mm. Seeds 4-5 × 3-4 × ca. 2 mm. Fl. Dec-Jan and Mar-May, fr. Jul-Sep.

Forests, wet places; 1500-2900 m. W Yunnan [Myanmar].


 

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