Yunnan 2010 Caprifoliaceae for the Flora of China


Helwingia chinensis Batalin var.  chinensis 

Region:Yunnan; Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture; Yunlong xian
Gazetteer:Tian chi Nature Reserve
Coordinates: 25.8719 N, 99.2907 E  Alt: 2574m 

Shrub to 2 m tall. Flowers in the middle of leaves. Tepals 3, green with purple apex. Stamens 3 with white anthers.
Forest edge with Pinus yunnanensis, Malus, Pyrus, Lonicera, Ilex, Helwingia, Hypericum, Trifolium, Stachyurus and Fragaria.

Identification Notes:Verified with Flora of China online Dioecious. Male flowers in umbels of several flowers. Female plant in fruit. Peduncles fused to lower half of leaf midvein. Fruits solitary, with 4 seeds. Veins on adaxial leaf surface inconspicuous.
Ancillary Collections: Photos, DNA 

Borosova, R.; Guo, Y.; Landrein, S.; Liu, C.; Osborne, J. & Zhang, T.#2118               29 July 2010

morphological details

male flowers male flowers inflorescence inflorescence abnormal inflorescence abnormal inflorescence

female flower female flower

fruit cross section fruit cross section

stem stem

abaxial leaf surface abaxial leaf surface adaxial leaf surface adaxial leaf surface  

additional pictures

female plant female plant
field picture
flowering branch
Herbarium voucher
Herbarium voucher

Other field pictures

flowering branch