Machilus chinensis

Species: Litsea rotundifolia 

English Name: Hong Kong Machilu

Chinese Name: 華潤楠、楨楠、八角楠

Family: Lauraceae


Trees, 8-11 m tall. Branchlets glabrous. Terminal buds small; bud scales glabrous or sometimes with hairs. Petiole 6-14 mm; leaf blade obovate-oblong to oblong-oblanceolate, 5-8(-10) × 2-3(-4) cm, leathery, glabrous on both surfaces, midrib raised abaxially, concave adaxially, lateral veins ca. 8 pairs, reticulate veinlets foveolate on both surfaces, base attenuate, apex obtuse or shortly acuminate. Panicles usually terminal, ca. 3.5 cm, shorter than leaf blade, with 5-10 flowers, branched at upper part of peduncle. Pedicel ca. 3 mm. Flowers white. Perianth lobes slightly unequal, 3.5-4 × 1.8-2.5 mm, puberulent on both surfaces or sometimes glabrate outside. Stamens ca. 3.5 mm; glands of 3rd series almost sessile. Staminodes hairy. Ovary globose. Fruit globose, 8-11 mm in diam.; perianth lobes caducous, rarely persistent in fruiting stage. Fl. Sep, fr. Feb.

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Wu ZY, Raven PH, Hong DY (eds) (2011) Flora of China. Vol. 19 (Cucurbitaceae through Valerianaceae, with Annonaceae and Berberidaceae). Science Press, Beijing, and Missouri Bot Garden Press, St. Louis