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Ilex saxicola

Description from Flora of China

Shrubs evergreen, ca. 3 m tall. Current year’s branchlets slender, longitudinally ridged, gray-brown, puberulent; second year’s branchlets gray, terete, lenticellate. Petiole 4-6 mm, abaxially rounded, rugose, adaxially flattened or slightly longitudinally sulcate; leaf blade abaxially brownish, adaxially olivaceous, shiny when dry, broadly elliptic, 4-5.5 × 2-3.5 cm, leathery, abaxially glabrous, adaxially puberulent or glabrescent, midvein sulcate adaxially, lateral veins 4 or 5 pairs, slightly evident and rugose abaxially, obscure adaxially, reticulate veins obscure on both surfaces, base obtuse, margin entire, apex obtuse or rounded. Flowers not known. Infructescences: 1-fruited cymes, fasciculate, axillary or lateral at base of young branchlets; fruiting pedicels 5-9 mm, puberulent, median or above; bracteoles 2, ovate, puberulent. Fruit (immature) globose, ca. 4 mm in diam.; persistent calyx puberulent, (4 or)5-lobed, lobes broadly deltoid-ovate or suborbicular, unequal, 3 larger, 2 smaller, ciliate; persistent stigma capitate; pyrenes 4 or 5, ovoid, ca. 3 mm, ca. 2 mm in diam., abaxially palmately striate and sulcate, laterally smooth, neither striate nor sulcate, endocarp leathery. Fl. unknown, fr. Aug.

● Sparse forests, rocky mountain areas; 500-600 m. SW Guangxi (Longzhou).


 

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