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Trees or shrubs, 10-12 m tall. Branchlets dark reddish brown, terete, glabrous, with few inconspicuous lenticels; buds ovoid to narrowly ovoid, 6-10 mm, apex acute; scales several, brown, glabrous. Leaves simple; petiole 1-2 cm, initially puberulent, glabrate; leaf blade grayish green abaxially, narrowly elliptic or narrowly ovate to obovate-elliptic, 7-12 cm long, 3-7 cm wide, lateral veins 10-12 (-18) pairs, nearly parallel and terminating in marginal teeth, abaxially puberulent along veins, adaxially glabrous, base broadly cuneate to rounded, margin obtusely crenate, apex acuminate, rarely acute. Inflorescences compound-corymbose, 3.5-5 × 4-6 cm, many flowered; rachis and pedicels sparsely brownish yellow pubescent. Pedicel 5-8 mm. Flowers 6-10 mm in diameter. Hypanthium campanulate, abaxially puberulous. Sepals triangular-ovate, 1.5-2.5 mm, apex ± obtuse or acute. Petals white, broadly ovate to obovate, 3-5 mm, apex obtuse. Stamens 20; anthers purple, shorter than petals. Styles 4-5, not exceeding stamens, glabrous, connate basally. Fruit brown, globose or obovoid, 1-1.4 cm long, 8-10 mm wide, glabrous, 4-5-loculed, distinctly but minutely lenticellate, apex with an annular scar.

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Source: Plants of Tibet

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