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Lindera gracilipes H. W. Li

纤梗山胡椒

Description from Flora of China

Lindera gracilipes var. macrocarpa H. Zhu & H. Wang.

Evergreen shrubs or trees, 2-3 m tall. Branchlets cylindric, slender, thinly striate, ± angular when young, yellow-brown pubescent. Terminal bud ca. 2 mm; bud scales densely yellow-brown pubescent. Leaves alternate; petiole 5-8 mm, densely yellow-brown pubescent; leaf blade oblong, 12-20 × 3.5-7 cm, papery, gray-brown and densely yellow-brown pubescent abaxially, green-brown and laxly yellow-brown pubescent adaxially, later glabrate, lateral veins ca. 8 pairs, veins convex abaxially and concave adaxially, veinlets distinctly reticulate abaxially, base broadly cuneate to subrounded, apex acuminate. Umbels 1-5(or 6) inserted on axillary short branchlets, male umbel 10-flowered, female umbel 8-flowered, involucrate; peduncles more than 4 × length of pedicel (ca. 7 × length of fruit stipe), very slender, (2-)2.5-3(-5) cm, densely yellow-brown pubescent; involucral bracts 4, yellow-brown pubescent outside. Male flowers yellow; pedicels 1.2-2 mm, densely yellow-brown pubescent; tepals 4-6, unequal in size, ovate to oblong, 2-3.5 × 1.2-1.5 mm, acute at apex; stamens 9, 2-3.2 mm; filaments pubescent, 2-glandular at middle in 3rd whorl; glands broadly reniform, cornute; reduced pistil nearly globose, ca. 1 mm, densely pubescent. Female flowers yellow; pedicels 1-2.5 mm, densely yellow-brown pubescent; tepals 4-6, unequal in size, oblong to linear, 2-3.5 mm, acute at apex, glabrous; reduced stamens 9; filaments pubescent; anthers linear, sterile; ovary ovate, ca. 1.2 mm, pubescent; style 3-8 mm; stigma disciform, lobulate. Fruit red at maturity, ovoid, 1.3(-2) × ca. 1 cm, rounded or apiculate at apex. Fl. Apr, fr. Oct-Nov.

Wet areas in forests, thickets in valleys; (600-)700-1900 m. SE Xizang, Yunnan [N Vietnam].


 

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