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Ilex jiaolingensis

Description from Flora of China

Trees evergreen, ca. 30 m tall. Current year’s branchlets brownish, slender, longitudinally angular and sulcate, pubescent; second year’s branchlets gray-brown, pubescent, lenticels circular, convex. Petiole 5-7 mm, adaxially longitudinally sulcate, puberulent; leaf blade olivaceous when dry, narrowly elliptic or elliptic-lanceolate, rarely narrowly oblong-elliptic, 4.5-6 × 1.4-2.1 cm, leathery, glabrous except on midvein adaxially, midvein impressed adaxially, lateral veins 7 or 8 pairs, slightly conspicuous abaxially, obscure adaxially, reticulate veins obscure on both surfaces, base cuneate, margin entire, apex acuminate, acumen 5-10 mm. Male flowers not known. Female inflorescences: 1-flowered cymes, fasciculate, axillary on first to third year’s branchlets; flowers 4-merous; pedicels ca. 5 mm, pubescent; bracteoles basal, deltoid, pubescent; calyx patelliform, pubescent, lobes broadly deltoid; ovary ovoid, ca. 3 mm, ca. 2 mm in diam., 4-loculed, densely pubescent, persistent style evident, stigma capitate. Fruit not known. Fl. May, fr. unknown.

● Dense forests at summits of hills and in hilly areas; 600-700 m. Guangdong (Jiaoling).


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