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A small tree, glabrous in all its parts, with lustrous, red-brown branchlets. Leaves ovate, 2 to 4 in. long and nearly as much wide, wedge-shaped or rounded at the base, lobed about half-way to the midrib and margined with short, triangular teeth. Flower-clusters about 3 in. across; stamens usually twenty, with pale yellow anthers. Fruit yellow to orange, roundish, about 1⁄2 in. wide, ripening in August but soon falling. Bot. Mag., t. 8818.
A native of Central Asia from the Altai Mountains to Baluchistan. It is an attractive species, showy in flower and fruit; the glossy-green leaves are among the largest in the genus.
C. purpurea var. altaica Loud