Actinodaphne henryi Gamble, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew. 1913:265 (1913)

Named after Augustine Henry [1857-1930], an British-Irish physician who collected many plants in China.


Evergreen tree up to 25 m tall. Branchlets with grayish appressed tomentum. Leaves 4-6-crowded at apex of branchlet, nearly verticillate, leaf blade whitish on lower surface, lanceolate, 17-40 by 3.7-13 cm, base cuneate, apex acuminate or long acuminate. Umbels mostly arranged in racemes, 5-flowered. Perianth tube obconical. Male flowers: fertile stamens 9; filements glabrous, in three whorls each with 2 small globose glands at base. Female flowers: staminodes 9; ovary ovoid, glabrous. Fruits subglobose, 6-8 mm in diam.

Evergreen broad-leaved forest from 600 to 1300 m altitude.

Wood used for construction, furniture, and industrial timber.

From Southern Yunnan (China) to Northern Thailand.

Local names
Simaohuangrounan (China).