17. Euonymus actinocarpus Loesener, Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 30: 459. 1902.
星刺卫矛 xing ci wei mao
Euonymus angustatus Sprague; E. contractus Sprague; E. hemsleyanus Loesener.
Deciduous shrubs, erect or ascending, to 4 m tall; branches and twigs sturdy, with 4 angles, brown-green or gray. Petiole 8-12 mm; leaf blade leathery, ovate to ovate-elliptic or elliptic, 7-10 × 3-5 cm, base cuneate or attenuate, margin crenulate, apex acute; lateral veins ca. 8 pairs, netted before reaching margin. Peduncle 6-10 cm, typically more than 3 × dichotomously branched, many flowered; pedicel slender, ca. 5 mm, sometimes with 4 wings. Flowers 4-merous, small, ca. 5 mm in diam.; sepals suborbicular; petals yellow-green, ovate, base cuneate. Disk 4-lobed. Filament absent. Ovary densely long prickly; stigma short. Capsule gray, nearly globose, base flattened, 2-2.5 cm in diam., 4-lobed, densely prickly, prickles 1-1.5 cm. Aril orange. Fl. Jan-Apr, fr. Jun-Jan.
● Forests, woodlands; below 1700 m. Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan.