Description from Flora of China
Aria hunanica (C. J. Qi) H. Ohashi & H. Iketani; A. zahlbruckneri (C. K. Schneider) H. Ohashi & H. Iketani; Sorbus hunanica C. J. Qi.
Trees or shrubs, to 15 m tall. Branchlets dark reddish brown to blackish brown, sparsely white tomentose when young, glabrescent, with few elliptic lenticels; buds ovoid or narrowly ovoid, 6–10 mm; scales several, dark reddish brown, glabrous or apically sparsely tomentose. Leaves simple; petiole 2–3 cm, white tomentose; leaf blade narrowly elliptic or oblong-ovate, 9–14 × 5–9 cm, lateral veins 10–14 pairs, nearly parallel and terminating in marginal teeth, raised abaxially, abaxially grayish white tomentose, gradually glabrescent, adaxially pubescent, glabrate, base rounded or broadly cuneate, margin irregularly serrate or shallowly doubly serrate, apex acute. Compound corymbs terminal, 5–8 × 4–6 cm, many flowered; rachis and pedicels white tomentose when young, glabrate, with sparse, small lenticels. Fruit narrowly ovoid to oblong, 6–10 × 4–7 mm, white tomentose, 2-loculed; sepals persistent. Fr. Jul–Aug.
Slopes, mountain valleys, dense forests; 1300--2000 m. Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan.