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Helicia reticulata

Description from Flora of China

Helicia cochinchinensis Loureiro var. pseuderratica Sleumer; H. reticulata var. parvifolia W. T. Wang.

Shrubs or small trees, 3-10 m tall. Branchlets and mature leaves glabrescent. Petiole 0.5-1.5(-3) cm; leaf blade oblong, obovate, or oblanceolate, (5.5-)7-27 × (2-)3-10 cm, leathery to ± leathery, base cuneate, margin remotely serrate to serrulate, apex shortly acuminate, acute, or obtuse; midvein and secondary veins raised on both surfaces; secondary veins 6-12 on each side of midvein; reticulate veins conspicuous on both surfaces. Inflorescences axillary or ramiflorous, 7-15 cm, glabrous, sometimes rachis and pedicel pilose but soon glabrescent; bracts of flower pairs lanceolate, 1.5-2 mm, glabrous; floral bracts ca. 0.5 mm. Pedicels 2-5 mm, connate basally or to middle. Perianth white or yellowish, 1.3-1.6 cm. Anthers ca. 3 cm. Hypogynous glands basally connate, 4-parted. Ovary glabrous. Fruit black, ellipsoid, 1.5-1.8 × ca. 1.5 cm, apex apiculate; pericarp ca. 1 mm thick, leathery. Fl. May-Jul, fr. Oct-Dec.

* Forests or secondary thickets, hilly slopes, mountain ridges; 300-2100 m. Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi, SE Yunnan.


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