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11. Wikstroemia nutans Champion ex Bentham, Hooker’s J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 5: 195. 1853.

细轴荛花 xi zhou rao hua

Shrubs 1-2 m or more tall. Bark dark brown; branches reddish or grayish brown, terete, glabrous. Leaves opposite or alternate; petiole 1-2 mm, glabrous; leaf blade green to brownish green adaxially, greenish white abaxially, ovate or ovate-elliptic to ovate-lanceolate, 3-6(-8.5) × 1.2-2.5(-4) cm, membranous to papery, both surfaces glabrous, base cuneate, subrounded, apex acuminate; lateral veins 6-13 pairs, slender. Inflorescences terminal, shortly racemose, often pendulous, 3-8-flowered; peduncle 0.7-3 cm, slender, glabrous. Pedicel 0.5-2 mm. Calyx yellowish green or pinkish; tube (10-)13-16 mm, base slightly inflated, exterior glabrous; lobes 4, elliptic, ca. 3 mm. Stamens 8, lower whorl inserted above middle of calyx tube, upper whorl at throat; filaments ca. 0.5 mm; anthers linear, 1.5-2 mm. Disk scales 2, each divided by a septum, so appearing like 4 scales, ca. 1 mm. Ovary obovoid, ca. 1.5 mm, stipitate, apex pubescent; style very short; stigma capitate. Drupe dark red, ellipsoid, 6-7 × ca. 4.5 mm. Fl. spring-early summer, fr. summer-autumn.

Forests, shrubby slopes, valleys, roadsides; 300-1500(-1700) m. Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Hunan, Jiangxi, Taiwan [Vietnam].

1 Leaves opposite; peduncle 1.5-3 cm.   11a var. nutans
+ Leaves alternate; peduncle ca. 0.7 cm.   11b var. brevior


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