Botanical name: Eurya acuminata Family: Theaceae (Tea family)
Synonyms: Eurya chinensis, Eurya serrata, Eurya lucida
Tapering Leaf Eurya is a small evergreen tree with small, yellow, unisexual flowers, and berry-like, purple-black, fleshy fruit, not splitting open. It is an evergreen shrub or tree up to 12 m tall. Bole straight, or sometimes branched at base, bark reddish--brown, smooth or finely fissured. Twigs round, hairless or finely hairy. Leaves are simple, alternate and distichous, young leaves long silky woolly-hairy, narrow-oblong, lanceshaped, tip tapering, base pointed, margin finely toothed. Primary vein single, secondary veins blunt, looped at the margin, tertiary veins netveined. Leaf-stalks are hairy, round, stipules absent. Flowers are arranged in a 2--5-flowered inflorescence, in leaf-axils or along leafless twigs, unisexual, on the same tree. Flower-stalks are 2-3 mm, velvet-hairy. Male flowers: bracteoles round, about 1 mm; sepals 2-2.5 mm, somewhat leathery, outside velvet-hairy, tip blunt. Petals are oblong to ovate, 3.5-4 mm; stamens 15-20; anthers not locellate; pistillode hairless. Female flowers: bracteoles, sepals, and petals similar to those of male flowers but slightly smaller; ovary spherical, hairless, 3-loculed; style 2-3 mm, apically 3-5-lobed or parted. Fruit is a berry up to 0.6 cm in diameter, thinly fleshy, not splitting open. Seeds many. Tapering Leaf Eurya is found in the Himalayas, from Kumaun to NE India, Western Ghats, Ceylon, at altitudes of 1300-2500 m. Flowering: September-November.
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