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FOC | Family List | FOC Vol. 13 | Thymelaeaceae | Daphne

1. Daphne axillaris (Merrill & Chun) Chun & C. F. Wei, Acta Phytotax. Sin. 8: 264. 1963.

腋花瑞香 ye hua rui xiang

Wikstroemia axillaris Merrill & Chun, Sunyatsenia 5: 139. 1940.

Shrubs 2-5 m tall. Branches pale yellowish green, turning grayish brown, sparsely brown appressed pubescent. Leaves alternate; petiole 4-7 mm, appressed pubescent; leaf blade shiny green adaxially, paler abaxially, oblong to elliptic, 5-12 × (1.5-)2-4.5 cm, papery or subleathery, both surfaces glabrous or midrib sometimes sparsely pubescent abaxially, base broadly cuneate, apex caudate-acuminate; veins 8-10 pairs. Inflorescences axillary, 2-4(-8)-flowered; peduncle 1-2 mm; bracts absent. Pedicel absent. Calyx white; tube cylindric, 6-10 mm, exterior pubescent; lobes 5, ovate, 2.5-3 mm, apex obtuse. Stamens 10, lower whorl inserted at middle of calyx tube, upper whorl just below lobes; filaments short; anthers oblong, ca. 1.5 mm; upper ones partly exserted from calyx tube. Disk annular, pubescent, entire. Ovary ovoid, ca. 2.5 mm, densely pilose; style short; stigma capitate or shallowly discoid. Drupe black or purple, narrowly ovoid, 8-10 mm, puberulous. Fl. May-Jun, fr. Aug-Oct.

● Dense forests; 600-900 m. Hainan.


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