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Lithocarpus melanochromus

Description from Flora of China

Trees 8-15 m tall; young branchlets and petioles tawny pilose, soon glabrescent. Petiole 0.5-1.5 cm; leaf blade narrowly oblong to lanceolate, 4-11 × 1-3.5 cm, rigidly leathery, abaxially glaucous and with adherent, waxy scalelike trichomes, adaxially tawny pilose when young, base cuneate and decurrent on petiole, margin entire and ± recurved, apex acuminate to abruptly acute and with a blunt tip; secondary veins 10-15 on each side of midvein, slender, inconspicuous to ± conspicuous; tertiary veins abaxially not visible. Male inflorescences in a panicle, 3-5 cm; rachis pubescent. Female inflorescences 3-8 cm; rachis ca. 3 mm thick; cupules in clusters of ca. 3. Cupule cupular, 5-8 mm × 1.2-1.8 cm, enclosing ca. 1/2 of nut, wall 1-1.5 mm thick and basally thickened; bracts imbricate, triangular, squamose, appressed. Nut covered with tawny, lamellate, waxy scalelike trichomes, apex pointed, wall 0.5-1 mm thick; scar 8-11 mm in diam., concave. Fl. May-Jul, fr. Aug-Oct of following year.

* Broad-leaved evergreen forests; 600-1200 m. SW Guangdong, SW Guangxi


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