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Botryostege bracteata (Maxim.) Stapf

Modern name

Elliottia bracteata (Maxim.) Benth. & Hook.f.


Tripetaleia bracteata Maxim.

A deciduous shrub 3 to 6 ft high, with glabrous, pale brown young shoots. Leaves alternate, obovate, tapered towards the base, mostly rounded at the apex or tapered to a short mucro, entire; 1 to 2 in. long, 38 to 1 in. wide, quite glabrous on both surfaces; stalk 18 in. or less long. Racemes erect, terminal on the current year’s leafy twigs, slender, 3 to 6 in. long, bearing the flowers at intervals of 14 to 12 in., each on a slender stalk 14 to 58 in. long. Each flower springs from the axil of an oval or obovate, leafy, ciliate bract 14 in. long and there are also smaller bracteoles on the individual flower-stalk. Petals white, tinged pink, usually three but sometimes four or even five, narrow-oblong, 38 in. long, recurved at the end; sepals usually five, narrowly oval, 316 in. long; stamens six. Style stout, standing out 38 in. above the petals and strongly curved. Seed-vessel a dry, usually three-valved capsule, 14 in. wide.

Native of Japan. This shrub has been in intermittent cultivation at Kew and probably elsewhere during the last forty years, but it is quite uncommon. It was growing in the Arnold Arboretum in 1910. It flowered during July and August when grown at Kew and the copious racemes made it worth growing.

Botryostege bracteata

Botryostege bracteata



Other species in the genus

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