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Shrubs or small trees, 1-6 m tall; branchlets terete, longitudinally ribbed, grayish white; young branches tetragonous, pubescent; internode 5-20 mm. Petiole 1-2 mm; leaf blade broadly elliptic, broadly obovate, obovate-elliptic, or obovate-oblong, 1.5-3.5 cm long, 0.8-2 cm wide, lucid and puberulent along basal half of midrib adaxially, densely white papillate along midrib abaxially, apex rounded or obtuse, with retuse tip; midrib elevated and lateral veins visible adaxially. Inflorescences axillary, capitate; rachis 3-4 mm, pubescent; bracts broadly ovate, 2-2.5 mm, ± pubescent abaxially. Male flowers ca. 10, sessile; outer tepals ovate-elliptic; inner tepals suborbicular, 2.5-3 mm, glabrous; stamens ca. 4 mm; sterile pistil with clavate gynophore, apex slightly inflated, ca. 2 mm, sterile pistil and tepals length ca. 2:3. Female flowers: tepals ca. 3 mm; ovary slightly longer than style, glabrous; style thick and compressed; stigma obcordate, decurrent to middle part of style. Capsule subglobose, 6-8 (-10) mm; persistent style 2-3 mm.


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© Wen, Jun

Source: Plants of Tibet

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