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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Himalaya to Temp. E. Asia, Mexico.
Abelia parvifolia (Schumann abelia)

[KBu]

Landrein, S., Farjon, A. (2020). A monograph of Caprifoliaceae: Linnaeeae. Kew Bulletin 75: 1 doi:10.1007/s12225-018-9762-5

Morphology Branches
Young branches terete, glabrous or densely pubescent
Morphology General Bark
Bark brownish grey, longitudinally and irregularly fissured
Morphology General Buds
Winter buds with several pairs of acuminate and ciliate perulae
Morphology General Habit
Deciduous to semi-evergreen shrubs, up to 2 m high, densely branched
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite, commonly whorled by 3 or 4 on reiteration shoots Leaves ovate, or elliptic 4 – 100 mm long, 2 – 40 mm wide, obtuse, acute or caudate arcuate at the apex, cuneate, rounded or sometimes cordate at the base, subentire, or coarsely toothed Leaf blade glabrous or with few scattered short hairs above, pale green, glabrous and gland dotted beneath; lateral veins slightly depressed above and often covered with tufts of hairs abaxially
Morphology Leaves Petiole
Petioles 1 – 3(4) mm long, caniculate on the upper side
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers axillary or forming a terminal to subterminal dense corymbose to globose thyrse Flowers single or paired (flowering consecutively), white, purple-pink, fragrant or not
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 4 inserted or long exserted from the corolla tube, inserted near the middle of the corolla tube Filaments hairy in the lower part, anthers oblong, 1.5 – 2 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx lobes 2 or 5 (sometimes in variable number or lobed), sub-equal, lanceolate to slightly spathulate to 3 – 10 mm long, 0.8 – 5 mm wide, obtuse or acute at apex, long attenuate at the base, glabrous or slightly puberulous above, distinctly nerved and reddish
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla bilabiate or almost regular and infundibuliform-campanulate, 7 – 40 mm long with or without orange markings and bearded at mouth Corolla lobes 5, subequal, ovate, 1.5 – 3 mm long, minutely puberulous outside
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Epicalyx
Epicalyx of 4 or 6 prophylls, episepals 0.5 – 2 mm long with a ciliate margin
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary thin, cylindrical, 3 – 10 mm long, 0.6 – 1.5 mm wide, sparsely and very minutely puberulous, inconspicuously and longitudinally ribbed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Stigma
Stigmas small, discoid and papillate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 7 – 15 mm long, exserted to long exserted, glabrous to pubescent apically
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Nectaries
Nectary gland more or less conspicuous and forming a basal ventral pouch at the base of the gibbous corolla
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achene wind dispersed with the 5 persistent and spreading sepals apically. Fruit a fusiform achene, 4 – 10 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle to 3 – 4 mm long sometimes longer, with a pair of reduced bracts
Note
Named after Abel Clarke (1780 – 1826), a British surgeon and naturalist.
Type
Abelia chinensis R. Br.
Vernacular
六道木 liù dào mù or shrub with six-ribbed wood.

Native to:

China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Nansei-shoto, Taiwan, Vietnam

Abelia R.Br. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in C.Abel, Narr. Journey China: 376 (1818)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.

Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0