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Berchemia hirtella Tsai et Feng


Description from Flora of China

Shrubs scandent. Branchlets spreading, yellow-green, sparsely pubescent; old branches turning brown, glabrescent. Stipules ovate, ciliate, caducous; petiole 1.5-2 cm; leaf blade abaxially gray-yellow, adaxially dark brown when dry, ovate-elliptic or oblong, 6.5-10 × 4-6 cm, papery, adaxially glabrous or white powdery, densely pubescent or glabrous, or sparsely pubescent on veins, or clustered hairy in vein axils, lateral veins 11-13 pairs, prominent on both surfaces, base cordate or subrounded, apex shortly acuminate. Inflorescences rather large, to 20 × 7 cm; rachis pubescent. Flowers usually in broad cymose panicles at ends of lateral branches. Pedicel 1-1.5 cm, glabrous or subglabrous. Drupe purple-red at maturity, cylindric-ellipsoid, 1.1-1.4 cm, 5-6 mm in diam., with persistent cup-shaped disk at base; fruiting pedicel 1.2-2 cm. Fl. May-Jun, fr. Feb-May of following year.

● Forests and thickets in valleys; 400-1500 m. Guizhou, Yunnan.


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