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11. Myrsine linearis (Loureiro) Poiret, Encycl. Suppl. 3: 709. 1813.

打铁树 da tie shu

Description from Flora of China

Athruphyllum lineare Loureiro, Fl. Cochinch. 1: 120. 1790; Myrsine playfairii Hemsley; Rapanea linearis (Loureiro) S. Moore; R. playfairii (Hemsley) Mez.

Shrubs or trees 1-8(-30?) m tall. Branchlets essentially terete, with longitudinal ridges, (2.6-)3-4 mm in diam., glandular granulose, glabrescent. Petiole marginate, 6-8 mm; leaf blade obovate spatulate, 3-7 × 1.2-2.5 cm, leathery to subleathery, glabrous, densely punctate on veins, base cuneate, margin entire, apex rounded or truncate, sometimes retuse; midrib flattened adaxially, lateral veins 8-10 on each side of midrib, marginal vein absent. Bracts broadly ovate, margin sparsely glandular granulose, apex obtuse. Flowers white or greenish, 4(-6)-merous, 2-2.5 mm. Pedicel (2-)4 mm, glabrous. Calyx disc-shaped; lobes nearly free, ovate, 0.8-1 mm, pellucid punctate, margin glandular granulose, apex obtuse. Petals united ca. 1/3 their length, elliptic or ovate, 2-2.2 mm, glandular granulose inside and along margin, sparsely punctate, tube glabrous. Stamens inserted at corolla throat; anthers puberulent at apex. Ovary glabrous. Stigma ligulate or lobed. Fruit purplish black, globose, 3-4 mm in diam., wrinkled, pellucid punctate. Fl. Dec-Jan, fr. Jul-Nov.

Mixed forests, scrub, hillsides, fields, limestone hillsides. Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan [Vietnam]


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