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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.