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Machilus chinensis (Champ. ex Benth.) Hemsl.


Description from Flora of China

Alseodaphne chinensis Bentham, Hooker’s J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 5: 198. 1853; Persea chinensis (Bentham) Pax.

Trees, 8-11 m tall. Branchlets glabrous. Terminal buds small; bud scales glabrous or sometimes with hairs. Petiole 6-14 mm; leaf blade obovate-oblong to oblong-oblanceolate, 5-8(-10) × 2-3(-4) cm, leathery, glabrous on both surfaces, midrib raised abaxially, concave adaxially, lateral veins ca. 8 pairs, reticulate veinlets foveolate on both surfaces, base attenuate, apex obtuse or shortly acuminate. Panicles usually terminal, ca. 3.5 cm, shorter than leaf blade, with 5-10 flowers, branched at upper part of peduncle. Pedicel ca. 3 mm. Flowers white. Perianth lobes slightly unequal, 3.5-4 × 1.8-2.5 mm, puberulent on both surfaces or sometimes glabrate outside. Stamens ca. 3.5 mm; glands of 3rd series almost sessile. Staminodes hairy. Ovary globose. Fruit globose, 8-11 mm in diam.; perianth lobes caducous, rarely persistent in fruiting stage. Fl. Sep, fr. Feb.

Mountain slopes, open or dense mixed broad-leaved forests. Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan [Vietnam].


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