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35. Euonymus hainanensis Chun & F. C. How, Acta Phytotax. Sin. 7: 47. 1958.

海南卫矛 hai nan wei mao

Evergreen shrubs, 3-4 m tall; branches terete, twigs striate, green or brown when dry. Petiole sturdy, short, less than 6 mm; leaf blade thickly leathery, elliptic, 9-11.5 × 3-4.5 cm, base cuneate or attenuate, adaxially ± farinose, margin entire, revolute, or obscurely crenulate, apex acute or acuminate; lateral veins 8-10 pairs, impressed adaxially and prominent abaxially, sometimes obscure, curving forward, netting and disappearing before reaching margin. Peduncle short, less than ca. 1 cm, usually with 1 dichotomous branch and 1-3 flowers; pedicel short, less than ca. 2 mm. Flowers 4-merous, 7-8 mm in diam.; sepals suborbicular; petals white. Capsule reddish brown when fresh, dark brown or gray when dry, less than ca. 1 cm in diam., 4-lobed, usually only 1 or 2 lobes developing, lobes ovoid. Seeds typically 1, dark brown; aril red. Fl. Apr-Jun, fr. Aug-Nov.

● Forests; 700-1000 m. Hainan.

This species is very distinct and the only one in Hainan with a lobed capsule.


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