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Carpinus putoensis

Description from Flora of China

Trees to 15 m tall; bark brown-gray. Branchlets brown, sparsely villous. Petiole 5-10 mm, sparsely pubescent; leaf blade elliptic or broadly elliptic, 5-10 × 3.5-5 cm, abaxially sparsely pubescent especially along midvein and lateral veins, bearded in axils of lateral veins, adaxially sparsely villous when young, base rounded or broadly cuneate, margin irregularly and doubly setiform serrate, apex acute or acuminate; lateral veins 11-14 on each side of midvein. Female inflorescence 3-8 × 4-5 cm; peduncle 1.5-3 cm, sparsely villous or glabrescent; bracts semiovate, 2.8-3 cm × ca. 8 mm, middle lobe semiovate, outer margin irregularly remotely serrate, without basal lobe, inner margin entire or subundulate, with ovate, inflexed basal lobe, apex rounded or obtuse; veins 3-5, reticulate veins prominent. Nutlet broadly ovoid, ca. 6 × 4 mm, glabrous, except villous at apex, sometimes with sparse glands, prominently ribbed. Fl. May-Jun, fr. Jul-Sep.

An endangered species, with only one individual known in the wild.

* Subtropical broad-leaved forests; 200-300 m. Zhejiang (Zhoushan Dao)


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