Viburnum dilatatumThunb

[From Latin, viburnum = a plant name and dilatatum = expanded]

Physical description: It is a deciduous shrub native to Japan, grown in several Temperate countries as an ornamental plant. The stems are velvety when young and lenticeled. Leaves: simple, opposite and without stipules. The petiole is 1cm-1.2cm long and velvety. The blade is pubescent, papery, 4.7 cm x 2.8cm-7.4cm x 5.7 cm, orbiculate-elliptic. The base of the blade is round-cordate and the apex is shortly acuminate. The blade shows 7-9 pairs of secondary nerves. The margin is serrate, the midrib sunken and filled with hairs above. The inflorescences are terminal, showy and velvety panicles. The flowers are white and very small. The calyx comprises of 5 sepals which are velvety. The corolla is tubular, pubescent and 5 lobed and the lobes are round.

The andrecium comprises of 5 stamens. The fruits are small, bright red and glossy (Fig. 362).

Uses: In China: Viburnum dilatatum Thunb. is used to expel intestinal worms and to heal infected wounds.

Fig. 362. Viburnum dilatatum Thunb. From Herbarium 14160. Field collector: H Ohashi, T Nakaike & Y Tateishi. 14 June 1970. Geographical localization: Japan, Shizuoka Pref., Izu Penin., Tanaga-gun, altitude: 400 m.

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