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17. Actinodaphne mushaensis (Hayata) Hayata, Icon. Pl. Formosan. 5: 171. 1915.

雾社黄肉楠 wu she huang rou nan

Litsea mushaensis Hayata, J. Coll. Sci. Imp. Univ. Tokyo 30(1): 250. 1911; Fiwa mushaensis (Hayata) Nakai; L. elongata (Nees) J. D. Hooker var. mushaensis (Hayata) J. C. Liao.

Trees. Branchlets densely yellowish brown villous. Leaves alternate; petiole 8-12 mm, yellowish brown villous; leaf blade obovate-lanceolate, oblanceolate, or oblong, 6-12 × 1.8-3 cm, densely gray-yellow villous abaxially, nearly glabrous or pubescent along midrib adaxially, pinninerved, lateral veins 5-7 pairs, base attenuate or cuneate, apex shortly acuminate. Umbel axillary or terminal, 4-6-flowered; peduncle 0.6-1 cm; involucral bracts 5, imbricate. Pedicel ca. 2 mm, densely villous. Perianth segments 6, oblong or ovate, 2.2-3 × 1-2 mm, villous outside, glabrous inside. Male flowers: fertile stamens 9; filaments villous, of 3rd whorls each with 2 shield-shaped or reniform glands at base; rudimentary pistil ca. 1.8 mm. Fruit globose or nearly long ellipsoid, black at maturity, seated on cup-shaped perianth tube. Fl. Sep.

● Evergreen broad-leaved forests; 1300-2300 m. Taiwan.

Liu (Woody Fl. Taiwan, 154. 1972) recorded this species from the forest of Yu-jing mountain, Yong’an, Fujian Province, but the specimen has not been seen by the present authors.

One of the present authors (van der Werff) believes that Actinodaphne mushaensis should be treated as a variety of Litsea elongata, as was done in Fl. Taiwan, ed. 2 (2: 470. 1996).

The wood may be used for construction and furniture.


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