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Wikstroemia lanceolata

Description from Flora of China

Daphne lanceolata (Merrill) Halda; Wikstroemia angustissima Merrill.

Shrubs to 4 m tall. Young branches appressed puberulous, glabrescent. Leaves opposite; petiole 1-2.5 mm, glabrous; leaf blade lanceolate, 4-6(-8.5) × 0.8-1.2(-2.5) cm, membranous to papery, both surfaces glabrous, base cuneate or broadly cuneate, apex acuminate; lateral veins 8-10(-16) pairs, slightly prominent abaxially. Inflorescences umbellate or shortly racemose, (1-)3-6(-20)-flowered; peduncle 0.2-0.3(-1.5) cm. Pedicel 1-1.5 mm. Calyx green or yellow-green; tube 5-14 mm, exterior puberulous, glabrescent; lobes 4, ca. 1 mm, puberulous, apex obtuse. Stamens 8, lower whorl inserted at middle of calyx tube, upper whorl at throat. Disk scales 2, linear. Ovary ovoid, apex sparsely pubescent; style short; stigma subglobose. Drupe ovoid, ca. 8 × 5 mm, usually glabrous, sometimes with apex sparsely hairy.

Wikstroemia lanceolata is being investigated as a potential fiber crop in the Philippines.

Forested slopes, thickets. Taiwan [Philippines].


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