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Ilex robusta

Description from Flora of China

Shrubs evergreen. Branchlets brown-purple, robust, subterete, plicate, ca. 5 mm in diam., glabrous throughout; terminal buds glabrous or thinly ciliate. Petiole 1-1.5 cm, ca. 3 mm in diam., flat adaxially, broadly winged, glabrous; leaf blade purple-brown, shiny when dry, oblong or oblong-elliptic, 6.5-8 × 3-4 cm, thickly leathery, both surfaces glabrous, midvein raised on both surfaces, lateral veins 10-14 pairs, and reticulate veins raised abaxially, impressed adaxially, base obtuse or cuneate and decurrent, margin entire, slightly recurved, apex shortly acuminate. Flowers not known. Infructescences: cymes, 3-fruited, solitary, axillary; peduncles 1-1.2 mm, glabrous; fruiting pedicels 4-6 mm, compressed, glabrous. Fruit red, globose, ca. 6 mm in diam.; persistent calyx ca. 3 mm in diam., glabrous, 6-lobed, lobes suborbicular, not ciliate; persistent stigma thickly discoid or mammilliform; pyrenes 6, oblong, ca. 6 mm, ca. 2.5 mm in diam., abaxially flat or slightly broadly sulcate, endocarp stony. Fl. and fr. unknown.

● Mixed forests; 400-1000 m. Guangxi (Pingnan).


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