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1. Microdesmis caseariifolia Planchon ex J. D. Hooker, Icon. Pl. 8: t. 758. 1848.

小盘木 xiao pan mu

Microdesmis caseariifolia f. sinensis Pax & K. Hoffmann; M. philippinensis Elmer; Tetragyne acuminata Miquel.

Shrubs or treelets, 3-8 m tall. Stem scabrous; young branches pubescent, glabrescent with age. Petiole 3-6 mm, pubescent to glabrous; leaf blade lanceolate, oblong-lanceolate, or oblong, 6-16 × 2.5-5 cm, papery to thinly leathery, both surfaces glabrous or abaxially sparsely puberulent along midrib when young, base cuneate or broadly so, inequilateral, margin crenulate or subentire, apex acuminate, sometimes caudate; lateral veins in 4-6 pairs, delicate. Flowers yellow, small, in axillary fascicles. Male flowers: pedicel 2-3 mm; sepals ovate, ca. 1 mm; petals elliptic, ca. 2 mm; stamens 10, outer 5 longer, connective triangular or caudate-acuminate, inner 5 reduced to fleshy staminodes. Female flowers: sepals and petals slightly larger than those of male flowers; ovary globose, 2-celled. Drupe red when mature, globose, ca. 5 mm, scabrous, 2-seeded. Fl. Mar-Sep, fr. Jul-Nov.

Dense forests, valleys, slopes, brushwood; 200-800 m. Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Yunnan [Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam].


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