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Botanical Name Lysidice rhodostegia
Common Name Lysidice
Chinese Name 儀花
Family Caesalpiniaceae
Genus Lysidice
Lysidice is a shrub or small tree of 2 to 5 m tall, which rarely grows taller than 10 m. Each leaf is made up of 3 to 5 pairs of papery leaflets 5 to 16 cm long and 2 to 6.5 cm wide. The oblong or ovate-lanceolate leaflets are acuminate at the apex and obtuse or rounded at the base, supported by a short, stout petiole of 2 to 3 mm long. Lateral veins, slender and subparallel, are conspicuous on both surfaces of the leaflets. Flowers are borne in panicles 20 to 40 cm long, with pubescent rachides, bracts and bracteoles. While the bracts and bracteoles are pink and ovate-oblong or oval, the petals are purplish red, approximately 1.2 cm long (including pedicel) and broadly obovate with rounded, retuse apices. The fruit is an obovate-oblong legume 12 to 20 cm long. With the two basal sutures unequal in length, the legume has a longer, convex ventral suture and dehisces into often spirally twisted valves. Each legume contains 2 to 7 oblong seeds 2.2 to 2.5 cm long and 1.2 to 1.5 cm wide. These brownish red seeds are not thickened at the margins. Slightly wrinkled on the surface, the seed coat is thin and brittle with no gelatinous layer. Flowering is from June to August and fruiting is from September to November.
(Translated from Flora of Guangdong )
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