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Ilex robustinervosa

Description from Flora of China

Shrubs or small trees, evergreen, 2-3.5 m tall; bark brown. Branchlets brownish or gray, subterete, striate, glabrous; terminal buds lanceolate, glabrescent. Petiole 1-1.5 cm, adaxially sulcate; leaf blade adaxially dark green, ovate-oblong or oblong, rarely broadly ovate or suborbicular, (8-)11-14 × 5-7 cm, leathery, abaxially minutely brown punctate when dry, both surfaces glabrous, midvein impressed adaxially, lateral veins 7-10 pairs, anastomosing near margin, slightly raised abaxially, strongly raised adaxially, reticulate veins obscure abaxially, raised adaxially, base rounded, margin subentire, slightly reflexed, apex shortly acuminate, rarely rounded. Male inflorescences: cymes of order 1 or 2, 1-3-flowered, fasciculate, axillary; peduncles ca. 1 mm; pedicels ca. 3 mm, puberulent or glabrescent; bracteoles 2, basal; flowers 4-merous; calyx puberulent or glabrescent, lobes deltoid-ovate, ciliate; petals oblong, ca. 3.5 mm, basally slightly connate; stamens ca. 4 mm; rudimentary ovary ovoid. Female flowers not known. Infructescences: 1-fruited cymes, fasciculate or pseudoracemose, axillary; fruiting pedicels 5-6 mm, puberulent; bracteoles 2, basal. Fruit (immature) globose, ca. 4 mm in diam.; persistent calyx 4-lobed, lobes broadly deltoid or deltoid-ovate, ciliate; persistent stigma discoid or thinly discoid; pyrenes 4, broadly ovoid, ca. 3 mm, ca. 2 mm in diam., abaxially depressed at center, striate and sulcate, endocarp leathery or subwoody. Fl. Apr, fr. May.

● Forests or thickets on mountains; 500-1000 m. Guangdong (Yangchun, Yangjiang).


 

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