Common name: Chinese Elm
Ulmus parvifolia Jacq. APNI*
Description: Trees to 25 m tall; crowns rounded, open. Bark olive green to gray, shedding in irregular, tan to orange plates. Branches long-pendulous,
Leaves with petiole 2–8 mm long, glabrous or sparsely pubescent with short hairs. Leaf elliptic to ovate-obovate, 3.5–6 cm long, 1.5–2.5 cm, wide, base oblique, margins mostly serrate (some doubly serrate), apex acute; lower surface pale, glabrate, upper surface dark green, lustrous, glabrous; lateral veins forking 5 or more times per side.
Inflorescences 2–8-flowered; pedicel 8–10 mm long. Calyx reddish brown, deeply lobed, lobes 3–5 mm long, glabrous; stamens 3–4; anthers reddish; stigma lobes white-pubescent, exserted, recurved and spreading with maturity.
Samaras green to light brown, elliptic to ovate, c. 1 cm, not winged, seeds nearly filling samara, notched at apex, glabrous. Seeds thickened, not inflated.
Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *ST, *NWS
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of America
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