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Shrubs scandent or erect. Young branches yellow-green, smooth, glabrous. Stipules narrowly lanceolate, 1-2 mm, persistent; petiole 1-2 cm, rarely to 5 cm, glabrous; leaf blade abaxially dark brown when dry, adaxially green, ovate or ovate-elliptic, 4-9 cm long, 2-5 cm wide, papery, abaxially glabrous, or sparsely pubescent on veins, adaxially glabrous, lateral veins 9-12 pairs, prominent on both surfaces, base rounded to cordate, margin entire, apex acute. Inflorescences to 15 cm; lateral branches less than 5 cm; rachis glabrous or sparsely puberulent. Flowers numerous, glabrous, few in fascicles, in terminal cymose panicles or axillary cymose racemes. Pedicel 1-2 mm. Calyx tube shallowly patelliform, glabrous; lobes narrowly triangular, adaxially distinctly keeled up to middle. Petals spatulate, enfolding stamens. Disk thick, fleshy, centrally distinctly convex. Ovary nearly completely immersed in disk; style cylindric, undivided; stigma 2- or 3-lobed. Drupe red, bluish black at maturity, cylindric-elliptic to ovoid-oblong, 7-10 mm long, 4-5 mm wide, with persistent cup-shaped disk; stone 2-loculed; fruiting pedicel 2-3 mm, glabrous.


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© Wen, Jun

Source: Plants of Tibet

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