Vaccinium moupinense Franch.

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'Vaccinium moupinense' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/vaccinium/vaccinium-moupinense/). Accessed 2020-09-20.

Genus

Glossary

calyx
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
corolla
The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
apex
(pl. apices) Tip. apical At the apex.
corolla
The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
entire
With an unbroken margin.
epiphyte
Plant growing on trees but not parasitic on the host.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
globose
globularSpherical or globe-shaped.
included
(botanical) Contained within another part or organ.
inflorescence
Flower-bearing part of a plant; arrangement of flowers on the floral axis.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Vaccinium moupinense' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/vaccinium/vaccinium-moupinense/). Accessed 2020-09-20.

A low evergreen shrub of close, dense habit, 1 to 2 ft high; young shoots grooved, downy. Leaves leathery, entire, crowded (ten or twelve to the inch), narrowly obovate or oval, usually tapered more abruptly to the bluntish or rounded apex, 13 to 12 in. long, 18 to 116 in. wide, dark glossy green, quite glabrous except for the short stalk which is downy. Racemes 34 to 1 in. long, carrying nine to fifteen nodding flowers, the main and individual flower-stalks quite glabrous, chocolate-red. The racemes spring mainly from the axils of the terminal leaves. Corolla 316 in. long, urn-shaped, five-angled, contracted at the top to a small orifice where are five tiny triangular lobes; deep shining chocolate-red. Calyx glabrous, coloured like the corolla, its lobes triangular. Stamens included in the corolla, their stalks hairy. Fruits globose, 14 in. wide, purple-black.

Native of W. Szechwan, China; discovered by David in 1869; introduced by Wilson in 1909. In the original description by Franchet the flowers are described as white and Wilson describes them as rose-pink, but on the plants which have flowered at Kew they are dark red or chocolate crimson. Wilson observes that, in its wild state, it often occurs as an epiphyte on old trees. It is a pleasing little evergreen, suitable for the rock garden and growing well in peaty or light loamy soil. It blooms in May and June. Very similar to V. delavayi, it can be distinguished by its leaves not being notched at the apex and by its glabrous inflorescence.

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