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Helicia falcata

Description from Flora of China

Trees 5-20 m tall. Branchlets apically brown pilosulose, glabrescent. Petiole 0.8-2 cm; leaf blade falcate-lanceolate, oblong-lanceolate, or broadly lanceolate, 13-20 × 2-5 cm, papery to leathery, glabrescent, base attenuate, margin entire or rarely remotely serrulate, apex acuminate; midvein raised on both surfaces; secondary veins 9-11 on each side of midvein, slightly raised on both surfaces; reticulate veins adaxially conspicuous. Inflorescences axillary, 12-25 cm, glabrous; bracts of flower pairs subulate, ca. 1.5 mm; floral bracts ca. 0.5 mm. Pedicels 2-3 mm, basally connate. Perianth greenish white to reddish, 1.2-1.6 cm. Anthers ca. 2 mm. Hypogynous glands free. Ovary glabrous. Fruit greenish black, ellipsoid, 1.3-1.5 × 1.2-1.4 cm, apex apiculate; pericarp ca. 1 mm thick, leathery. Fl. May-Jul, fr. Oct-Nov.

After publication of the family treatment for the Flora of China, it was discovered that this name (originally published in Fl. Yunnan. 1: 32. 1977) required validation.

Montane forests; 1200-1900 m. S to SE Yunnan [N Vietnam].


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