Acanthopanax setchuenensis Diels

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entire
With an unbroken margin.
glaucous
Grey-blue often from superficial layer of wax (bloom).
ovate
Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.
panicle
A much-branched inflorescence. paniculate Having the form of a panicle.
trifoliolate
With three leaflets.
umbel
Inflorescence in which pedicels all arise from same point on peduncle. May be flat-topped (as in e.g. Umbelliferae) to spherical (as in e.g. Araliaceae). umbellate In form of umbel.

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A deciduous shrub or small tree, up to 10 ft high, free from down in every part; stems with few or no prickles. Leaves composed of three leaflets borne on a stalk 112 to 4 in. long. Leaflets dark green above, paler or slightly glaucous beneath; oblong to ovate, 2 to 512 in. long, 1 to 2 in. wide, the margins finely toothed or almost entire; stalks 14 to 12 in. long. Flowers in a panicle of about six spherical umbels borne at the end of the season’s shoots during July; each umbel is 1 to 112 in. across, the central terminal one the largest; they are borne on stalks of varying length (34 to 3 in.), the whole panicle from 5 to 7 in. high. Fruits black.

Native of W. China; introduced by Wilson for Messrs Veitch about 1904. It is quite hardy and flowers in July. The absence of down from all parts of the plant and the trifoliolate leaves render it distinct.

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