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Lindera metcalfiana Allen

滇粤山胡椒

Description from Flora of China

Shrubs or trees, (2.5-)3-12 m tall, up to 20 cm d.b.h. Bark gray-black or brownish. Branchlets brown or gray-brown, slender, terete and ± angular when young, thinly striate, laxly yellow-brown sericeous-pubescent, later glabrate. Terminal bud small, corniform-conical, ca. 3 mm, bud scales densely yellow-brown sericeous-pubescent outside. Leaves alternate; petiole 5-8(-10) mm, yellow-brown pubescent; leaf blade gray-green abaxially, yellow-green and gray-brown when dry adaxially, elliptic, narrowly elliptic, or lanceolate, 5-13 × 2-4.5 cm, papery or thinly leathery, laxly yellow-brown pubescent along veins on both surfaces, later glabrate, pinninerved, lateral veins 5-10 pairs, purple-brown on both surfaces when dry or only adaxially, reticulate veinlets obvious abaxially and indistinct adaxially, base broadly cuneate, apex long acuminate or caudate-acuminate, falcate or not falcate. Male umbels 1 or 2(or 3), inserted at axillary and yellow-brown pubescent short branch, 6-8-flowered, peduncles slender, 1-1.6 cm, involucral bracts 4; female umbels 4-8-flowered, peduncles 0.6-0.8 cm, thickened at top, laxly yellow-brown pubescent. Male flowers yellow; pedicels 2-3 mm, densely yellow-brown pubescent; tepals 6, nearly equal, broadly ovate, ca. 2 × 1-1.2 mm, yellow-brown pubescent on both surfaces, glandular-punctate, apex obtuse; fertile stamens 9; filaments 2-2.5 mm, laxly pubescent, 2-glandular near base in 3rd whorl; glands rounded-reniform, stipitate; pistil reduced; ovary ovate, ca. 1.2 × 0.6 mm, mucronate at apex. Female flowers yellow; pedicels 2-2.5 mm; tepals 6, ovate, ca. 1.5 mm, apex obtuse; reduced stamens 9, ca. 1.3 mm, 2-glandular near base of filaments in 3rd whorl; glands rounded-reniform, stipitate; ovary ovate, glabrous, ca. 1 mm; style stout; stigma peltate, papillose. Fruits globose, ca. 6 mm in diam., purple-black at maturity; stipes ca. 6 mm, stout, slightly yellow-brown pubescent. Fl. Mar-May, fr. Jun-Oct.

Forest margins, roadsides, evergreen broad-leaved forests, mountain slopes, sparse forests, thickets; (500-)700-2000 m. Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Yunnan [N Vietnam].


 

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