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13. Litsea sericea (Wallich ex Nees) J. D. Hooker, Fl. Brit. India. 5: 156. 1886.

绢毛木姜子 juan mao mu jiang zi

Tetranthera sericea Wallich ex Nees in Wallich, Pl. Asiat. Rar. 2: 67. 1831; Lindera esquirolii H. Léveillé; L. griffithii Meisner; L. hookeri Meisner; Litsea oreophila J. D. Hooker.

Deciduous shrubs or small trees, up to 6 m tall. Young branchlets covered with dense ferruginous or yellow-white sericeous long hairs. Leaves alternate; petiole 1-1.2 cm, densely hairy like young branchlets; leaf blade oblong-lanceolate, 8-12 × 2-4 cm, densely yellow-white or ferruginous long sericeous on both surfaces when young, pinninerved, lateral veins 7 or 8 pairs, base cuneate, apex acuminate. Umbels solitary at apex of 1-year-old branchlets, 8-20-flowered, flowering before leaves or with leaves; peduncle 6-7 mm, glabrous. Pedicel 5-7 mm, pubescent. Perianth segments 6, elliptic, 3-nerved. Male flowers: fertile stamens 9, sometimes 6 or 12; filaments short, glabrous, of 3rd whorls each with 2 yellow glands at base; rudimentary pistil ovoid. Fruit subglobose, ca. 5 mm in diam., apiculate at apex; fruiting pedicel 1.5-2 cm. Fl. Apr-May, fr. Aug-Sep.

Roadsides, thickets, mixed forests of coniferous and broad-leaved trees; 400-3400 m. Guizhou, W Sichuan, SE Xizang, NW Yunnan [India, Nepal].


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