Neillia thibetica Bur. & Franch.

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'Neillia thibetica' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online ( Accessed 2020-08-09.



  • Neillia longiracemosa Hemsl.

Other species in genus


Lowest part of the carpel containing the ovules; later developing into the fruit.
Enlarged end of a flower stalk that bears floral parts; (in some Podocarpaceae) fleshy structure bearing a seed formed by fusion of lowermost seed scales and peduncle.
Traditional English name for the formerly independent state known to its people as Bod now the Tibet (Xizang) Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. The name Xizang is used in lists of Chinese provinces.
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
With an unbroken margin.
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
Bearing glands.
Flower-bearing part of a plant; arrangement of flowers on the floral axis.
Lance-shaped; broadest in middle tapering to point.
midveinCentral and principal vein in a leaf.
Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.


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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Neillia thibetica' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online ( Accessed 2020-08-09.

A deciduous shrub 3 to 6 ft high (occasionally taller); young shoots slender, downy. Leaves ovate, sometimes indistinctly three-lobed, irregularly toothed, slender-pointed, rounded to heart-shaped at the base, 112 to 4 in. long, 1 to 212 in, wide, more or less downy on both surfaces, especially beneath and on the midrib; stalk up to 12 in. long; stipules about 14 in. long, entire or slightly toothed. Racemes terminal, 2 to 6 in. long, slender, bearing up to sixty rosy-pink flowers, opening in May and June; pedicels downy, up to 316 in. long. Receptacle (calyx-tube) cylindrical-campanulate, 316 to 14 in. long, downy on the outer and inner surfaces, and becoming glandular-bristly on the outside in the fruiting stage; calyx-lobes erect, lanceolate. Petals rounded, only showing between the calyx-lobes. Ovary hairy at the top. Bot. Mag, n.s., t. 3.

Native of Szechwan, China; discovered by A. E. Pratt near Tatsien-lu in 1890, and described by Hemsley in 1892 under the name N. longiracemosa, by which it has long been known in gardens. A few weeks before Pratt left Tatsien-lu for England, the French explorer Prince Henri d’Orleans (then twenty-three years of age) arrived with his companions after their adventurous journey from Siberia through Chinese Turkestan and the High Plateau of Tibet. Here they added to their botanical collections, all of which they entrusted to Pratt, who conveyed them as far as Shanghai. Among the specimens was a neillia, collected near Tatsien-lu, which the French botanists Bureau and Franchet described as a new species in the following year, 1891. This they called N. thibetica. It has long been suspected that Pratt’s species and the Prince’s were really one and the same, and they were united by Vidal in 1963, under the name N. thibetica, which has a year’s priority. But the credit for the discovery belongs to Pratt, who had spent two summers studying the flora and fauna of the Tatsien-lu area.

N. thibetica was introduced by Wilson when collecting for the Arnold Arboretum in 1908 (as N. longiracemosa) and again in 1911 (as N. thibetica). It is a pretty, elegant shrub and the commonest of the genus in gardens. It received an Award of Merit in 1931.

N. thibetica is allied to N. sinensis, which is distinguished from it by its glabrous calyx-tube and fewer-flowered inflorescence.


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