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5. Daphne esquirolii H. Léveillé, Bull. Acad. Int. Géogr. Bot. 25: 42. 1915.

穗花瑞香 sui hua rui xiang

Daphne leuconeura Rehder; D. leuconeura var. mairei (Lecomte) Rehder & H. Léveillé; Stellera mairei Lecomte; Wikstroemia leuconeura (Rehder) Domke; W. mairei (Lecomte) Domke.

Shrubs deciduous, 0.5-1.5 m tall, branching dichotomous. Branches sparsely pilose, quickly glabrescent; buds axillary, conspicuous. Leaves alternate; petiole 1-3 mm; leaf blade obovate or obovate-oblong, 2.5-8 × 1.4-3.5 cm, membranous, both surfaces glabrous, base cuneate, margin revolute, apex rounded or rarely subacute; veins 6-12 pairs, anastomosing at margins. Inflorescences terminal and axillary, spicate, to ca. 6 cm, several- to many flowered; peduncle 1-4 cm, stout, glabrous. Pedicel very short, glabrous. Calyx bright to orange yellow; tube narrowly cylindric, 8-15 mm, exterior glabrous; lobes 5, broadly ovate or broadly oblong-ovate, 3-5 × 3-3.5 mm, apex obtuse. Stamens 10; lower whorl inserted at middle of calyx tube, filaments 0.5-0.75 mm; upper whorl slightly below throat, filaments 0.2-0.5 mm and anthers slightly exserted; anthers oblong, ca. 2 mm. Disk ± square, lateral to ovary, apex truncate to deeply 2-lobed. Ovary subcylindric, 3-5 mm, sparsely tomentose; style very short; stigma capitate, depressed at apex, margin slightly lobed. Fruit not seen. Fl. May.

● Valleys, slopes; 700-2000(-3400) m. SW Sichuan, NE Yunnan.


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