Elaeocarpus ellipticus (Thunb.) Makino

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Article from New Trees, Ross Bayton & John Grimshaw

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'Elaeocarpus ellipticus' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/elaeocarpus/elaeocarpus-ellipticus/). Accessed 2021-09-23.

Glossary

lanceolate
Lance-shaped; broadest in middle tapering to point.
taxon
(pl. taxa) Group of organisms sharing the same taxonomic rank (family genus species infraspecific variety).
variety
(var.) Taxonomic rank (varietas) grouping variants of a species with relatively minor differentiation in a few characters but occurring as recognisable populations. Often loosely used for rare minor variants more usefully ranked as forms.

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Credits

Article from New Trees, Ross Bayton & John Grimshaw

Recommended citation
'Elaeocarpus ellipticus' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/elaeocarpus/elaeocarpus-ellipticus/). Accessed 2021-09-23.

The true identity and distribution of this taxon is mysterious. In Japan and Korea it is regarded as a variety of E. sylvestris (Ohwi 1965, Lee 2002), but it may be synonymous with E. decipiens. The name does not appear to have been validly published in Elaeocarpus, and is based on that of Prunus elliptica Thunb. Plants seen under this name at Cistus Nursery in 2004 had narrowly lanceolate leaves, unlike the obovate-lanceolate leaves of E. decipiens nearby; Hogan (2008) thinks it is the larger plant of the two.