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Laurocerasus australis Yu et Lu


Description from Flora of China

Shrubs or trees, 3–4 m tall. Branchlets grayish brown to purplish brown, glabrous, with small lenticels. Petiole slender, 5–7 mm, glabrous, usually without nectaries, rarely with a pair of minute nectaries apical from middle; leaf blade elliptic, 4.5–9 × 2–3.5 cm, leathery, both surfaces glabrous, base cuneate, margin densely and minutely obtusely serrate and teeth with a small purplish black apical gland, apex acute to shortly acuminate; secondary veins 5–7 on either side of midvein, slightly prominent. Racemes axillary, solitary, 4–5 cm, 10-flowered or more; rachis pubescent; bracts small, soon caducous. Flowers 5–6 mm in diam. Pedicel 4–6 mm, pubescent. Hypanthium campanulate, outside puberulous. Sepals ovate-triangular, outside puberulous. Petals white, obovate to suborbicular, longer than sepals. Stamens 15–20, longer than petals. Ovary glabrous. Style nearly as long to slightly longer than stamens. Drupe blackish brown, ellipsoid to ovoid-ellipsoid, ca. 1 cm, glabrous, apex acute; endocarp very thin. Fl. summer to autumn, fr. winter to spring.

Slope sparse forests, mountain top dense forests; ca. 800 m. W Guangxi (Debao Xian), SW Guizhou (Wangmo Bouyeizu Miaozu Zizhixian).


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