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Glochidion eriocarpum Champ. Ex Benth.

Chinese name: 毛果算盤子(毛漆)(漆大姑)

Common name: Hairy-fruited Abacus plant


Habit: Shrubs or treelets to 5 m tall; branchlets densely spreading yellowish or grey-yellow villose

Leaves: Stipules subulate, 3 - 4 mm long. Petioles 1 - 2 mm long, villose; leaf blade papery, ovate, narrowly ovate or broad-ovate, 4 - 8 cm long, 1.5 - 3.5 cm wide, base obtuse, truncate or rounded, zygomorphic, apex acuminate or acute, densely yellowish- or grey-villose, nut denser abaxially; lateral veins 4 - 5 pairs

Flowers: Flowers solitary or 2- to 4-flowered in axillary clusters; male flowers: inserted at lower part of branchlets; pedicels 4 - 6 mm long sepals 6, oblong-obovate. 2.5 - 4 mm long, apex acute, sparsely pubescent outside; stamens 3, connate; female flowers inserted at upper part of branchlets, subsessile; sepals 6, oblong, 2.5 - 3 mm long, villose on both surfaces; ovary depressed-globose, densely pubescent, 4. to 5-locular, style-column cylindric, erect, ca. 1.5 mm long, 4- to 5-lobed

Fruits: -

Seeds: Capsules depressed-globose, 8 - 10 mm in diameter, densely yellowish- or grey-villose, 4- to 5-sulcate, with a cylindric, persistent style-column

Flowering: Almost throughout year

Fruiting: Almost throughout year

Distribution: Bowen Rd, Fanling, Gough Hill, Sha Kok Mei Rd, Lantau, New Terr, Po Lo Hang, Sai Kung, Hatton Rd, Stubbs Rd, Tai Po, Tung Chung, Wan Chai Gap; Montane slopes, vallies brushwoods or grassy ground, sometimes forest edges; 100 - 500 m alt. Jiangsu, Fujian, Taiwan, Hunan, Guangdong, Hainan, Guangxi, Guizhou, Yunnan. Vietnam, Thailand

Uses: All parts or roots and leaves are used as medicine for the urticaria, mastitis, toothache, menorrhagia, dysentery, skineczema, enteritis, etc

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