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28. Meliosma alba (Schlechtendal) Walpers, Repert. Bot. Syst. 2: 816. 1843.

珂南树 ke nan shu

Millingtonia alba Schlechtendal, Linnaea 16: 395. 1842; Meliosma beaniana Rehder & E. H. Wilson.

Trees to 25 m tall, deciduous. Branches of current year brownish velutinous, 2-year-old branches light gray; both surfaces of leaflets, petiolules, and axes brownish pubescent when young. Leaves odd pinnate, 15-35 cm; petiolule of terminal leaflet articulate, well marked against axis; leaflets 5-13, ovate or narrowly ovate, apical ones ovate-elliptic, 5-15 × 2.5-3.5 cm, papery, lateral veins 8-10 pairs, anastomosing far away
from margin, distinctly yellowish crinite at vein axils, base broadly cuneate or obtuse, oblique, margin sparsely serrulate, rarely nearly entire, apex acuminate. Panicle axillary at upper leaf-axil of branch, often clustering near branch apices, extending and pendulous, 12-30 cm (including peduncle 2-5 cm), branched 2(or 3) times, brownish pubescent. Sepals 4, ovate, 1.5-2 mm, coarsely ciliate, shortly acute or obtuse-rounded. Petals light yellow: 3 outer ones broadly reniform, apex concave, ca. 2 × 4 mm; 2 inner ones equal to filaments, bifid to 1/4. Fertile stamens ca. 2 mm. Pistil ca. 2.5 mm; ovary glabrous. Drupe globose, 6-7 mm in diam.; endocarp compressed-globose, smooth laterally, midrib obscurely prominent. Fl. May-Jun, fr. Aug-Oct.

Wet dense or sparse forests on mountains; 1000-2500 m. Fujian, NW Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Sichuan, N Yunnan, Zhejiang [N Myanmar; North America (Mexico)].

This species is a good source of timber for furniture.


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