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Enkianthus chinensis Franch.

Modern name

Enkianthus chinensis Franch.


E. himalaicus var. chinensis (Franch.) Diels; E. sinohimalaicus Craib

A shrub 8 to 12 ft high; young shoots glabrous. Leaves lanceolate to oblong or oval, 2 to 3 in. long, 34 to 114 in. wide, tapered to both ends, pointed, shallowly bluntly toothed, downy along the midrib above, bright green above, rather glaucous and glabrous beneath; stalk slender, up to 1 in. long. Flowers in pendulous racemes of one to two dozen, 3 to 5 in. long. Corolla bell-shaped, 38 in. long and a little wider at the mouth, yellowish striated conspicuously with rose; lobes rose-coloured, recurved. Bot. Mag., t. 9413.

Native of W. China and N.E. Upper Burma. Judging by descriptions made by collectors and the plate in the Botanical Magazine, the colour of its flowers would appear to be somewhat variable although rose is usually dominant. The species is closely akin to E. deflexus (himalaicus), but that species is well distinguished by its pubescent leaves. E. chinensis was introduced in 1900.



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