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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Sycopsis (Greek, fig and appearance, alluding to its resemblance to certain figs). Hamamelidaceae. Five species of evergreen shrubs or trees of China and the Himalayas, with generally oblong, entire or denticulate, stipulate lvs. and rather insignificant apetalous monoecious fls. with minute calyx-lobes in heads or short racemes: staminate fls. in heads surrounded by pubescent bracts; stamens 8, with a rudimentary ovary; pistillate fls. with an urceolate calyx inclosing the ovary; styles 2, slender, with decurrent linear stigmas: fr. a dehiscent pubescent caps., with 2 brown lustrous seeds. Only the following species is sometimes cult. for its evergreen foliage; also the staminate fls. with their rather large red anthers are attractive. It stands the winter with some protection or in a sheltered position at the Arnold Arboretum. Prop. is by seeds or by cuttings of nearly mature wood under glass with slight bottom heat. S. sinensis, Oliver. Shrub or small tree, to 20 ft.: lvs. short-petioled, elliptic-ovate to elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, usually denticulate above the middle, glabrous or sparingly pubescent, 2-4 in. long: pistillate fls. in 6-12-fld. stalked heads; staminate fls. in small heads surrounded by brown pubescent bracts; anthers oblong, red, on slender filaments: caps. densely pubescent. Cent. and W. China. H.I. 20:1931; 29:2834, figs. 1-3. CH

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