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Millettia oraria

Description from Flora of China

Tephrosia oraria Hance, J. Bot. 24: 17. 1886.

Shrubs or trees, to 5 m tall, erect. Bark smooth, dark gray. Branchlets ridged, tomentose, scattered with prominent lenti­cels. Stipules lanceolate, 2-3 mm. Leaves (7 or)9-13(or 15)-foliolate; rachis 15-20 cm, including yellow tomentose petiole 3.5-4.5 cm; stipels present; leaflet blades broadly ovate to elliptic, 4-5.5 × 2-3 cm, papery, abaxially tomentose, adaxially densely pubescent, secondary veins 6 or 7 on each side of mid­vein and reaching to margins, base rounded to subcordate, apex rounded. Pseudoracemes axillary, gathered near apex of branch­lets, shorter than subtending leaf, yellow tomentose. Flowers 8-11 mm. Calyx ca. 3 mm. Corolla purple; standard suborbicular, outside puberulent. Ovary sericeous, with 2-4 ovules. Legume linear, 5-9 × 1-1.5 cm, flat, brown tomentose, somewhat gla­brescent. Seeds 2 or 3 per legume, orange, oblate, ca. 7 mm. Fl. May-Jul, fr. Nov-Dec.

● Thickets; 300-800 m. Guangdong, S Guangxi.


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