Meliosma parviflora Lecomte

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

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'Meliosma parviflora' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/meliosma/meliosma-parviflora/). Accessed 2021-11-30.

Genus

Synonyms

  • M. dilatata Diels
  • M. parvifolia Hort.

Glossary

acuminate
Narrowing gradually to a point.
acute
Sharply pointed.
apex
(pl. apices) Tip. apical At the apex.
axillary
Situated in an axil.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
globose
globularSpherical or globe-shaped.
inflorescence
Flower-bearing part of a plant; arrangement of flowers on the floral axis.
obtuse
Blunt.
petiole
Leaf stalk.

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Credits

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

Recommended citation
'Meliosma parviflora' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/meliosma/meliosma-parviflora/). Accessed 2021-11-30.

A deciduous tree up to 25 ft high in the wild; stems clad with short erect hairs. Leaves obovate, mostly 212 to 338 in. long, 1 to 112 in. wide, broadly obtuse at the apex with a short acute or acuminate tip, tapered to an often very narrow wedge-shaped base, glabrous on both sides except for short spreading hairs on the veins and in the vein-axils beneath, vein-pairs eight to twelve, the veins mostly branching near the margin and ending in short, hooked, mucronate teeth; petiole about 12 in. long, clad with erect brownish hairs. Flowers very small, white, crowded, borne in August in sparsely branched panicles terminating axillary or leading shoots and 8 to 12 in. long; inflorescence axes rusty-hairy. Fruits red, globose, 316 in. wide.

A native of Western and Central China; discovered by Wilson in 1903 when collecting for Messrs Veitch, but apparently not introduced until 1936, when seeds were received at Kew from Nanking. There are two examples in the collection: one was recently moved to a new position near the Victoria Gate, where it is now growing well but has never flowered; the other, in a bed between the northern end of the Holly Avenue and the Lake, was flowering, though not strikingly, in August 1971.

Unfortunately this species appears to have been distributed from Kew under the name M. “parvifolia”.