Tapiscia sinensis Oliver

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'Tapiscia sinensis' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/tapiscia/tapiscia-sinensis/). Accessed 2019-12-11.

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    Glossary

    axillary
    Situated in an axil.
    bisexual
    See hermaphrodite.
    ovate
    Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.
    imparipinnate
    Odd-pinnate; (of a compound leaf) with a central rachis and an uneven number of leaflets due to the presence of a terminal leaflet. (Cf. paripinnate.)

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    Credits

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

    Recommended citation
    'Tapiscia sinensis' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/tapiscia/tapiscia-sinensis/). Accessed 2019-12-11.

    A deciduous tree, usually about 30 ft high in the wild (very rarely as much as 80 ft, with a trunk 12 ft in girth). Leaves pinnate, 12 to 18 in. long, composed of five to nine leaflets, which are ovate, heart-shaped at the base, pointed, toothed, 3 to 5 in. long, greyish beneath. Flowers honey-scented, male or bisexual, in axillary panicles, those bearing the male flowers composed of many slender spikes, the fertile panicles shorter and more stoutly branched, with larger flowers. Fruits egg-shaped, black, about 38 in. long.

    Native of Central China, where it occurs at comparatively low elevations; introduced by Wilson in 1908, when collecting for the Arnold Arboretum. Wilson introductions from the 1907-8 expedition are uncommon in this country, and this species, which is also tender, has never spread into gardens, or even collections.


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