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4. Leycesteria Wallich in Roxburgh, Fl. Ind. 2: 181. 1824.

鬼吹箫属 gui chui xiao shu

Leycesteria formosa

Credit: Harvard University Herbaria

Shrubs, deciduous; branches hollow or with solid pith. Leaves simple, opposite, margin entire or serrate, occasionally sinuate; stipules present or absent. Inflorescence a spike or flowers in sessile whorls of 6, terminal or axillary, often with conspicuous leaflike involucral bracts. Sepals 5. Corolla 5-lobed, white, pink, purple-red, or orange-yellow, funnelform, regular; tube gibbous at base. Stamens 5; anthers dorsifixed. Ovary 5-, 7-, or 8-locular, with numerous ovules per locule; style long, slender; stigmas peltate or capitate. Fruit a berry, with persistent calyx; seeds minute, numerous.

Five species: Sino-Himalayan region; four species in China.

1 Inflorescence a spike with flowers in pairs   (2)
+ Inflorescence with flowers in whorls of 6   (3)
2 (1) Interpetiolar stipules absent; petioles 5-10 mm; ovary glabrous, usually 7- or 8-locular.   3 L. gracilis
+ Interpetiolar stipules present; petioles 2-4 mm; ovary pubescent at anthesis, usually 5-locular.   4 L. glaucophylla
3 (1) Interpetiolar stipules absent; branches hollow; abaxial leaf surfaces, petioles, and inflorescences sparsely adpressed pubescent or subglabrous.   1 L. formosa
+ Interpetiolar stipules present; branches with solid pith; abaxial leaf surfaces, petioles, and inflorescences densely lanate.   2 L. stipulata

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