- Scientific Name: Abelia chinensis R. Brown
- Ref: Abel, Narr. J. China. App. B:377. 1818.
- Synonyms: Abelia aschersoniana (Graebner) Rehder;
A. cavaleriei H. Léveillé;
A. chinensis var. ionandra (Hayata) Masamune;
A. hanceana M. Martens ex Hance;
A. ionandra Hayata;
A. lipoensis M. T. An & G. Q. Gou;
A. rupestris Lindley;
Linnaea aschersoniana Graebner;
L. chinensis (R. Brown) A. Braun & Vatke;
L. rupestris (Lindley) A. Braun & Vatke.
- English Common Name: Chinese Abelia
- Chinese Common Name:糯米条 nuo mi tiao
- Family: Caprifoliaceae
- Genus: Abelia
- Type Specimen: Kiang-si(江西),lacum Po-Yang(鄱阳湖), 1816年, D. Abel[C. Abel] s.n.(Holotype: BM000019930)
- Distribution: Mountains; 200-1500 m. Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, ?Henan, Hubei, Hunan, ?Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Taiwan, Yunnan, Zhejiang [Japan].
- Photo:09/04/2010, Hangzhou Botanical Garden, Zhejiang
- Note: The genus Abelia is named in honour of its dicoverer, Clarke Abel, Esq. who accompanied the late Embassy to China, as Chief Medical Officer in the suite of Lord Amherst.
Shrubs, deciduous to semi-evergreen, to 2 m tall, highly branched. Young branches slender and pubescent. Leaves opposite, sometimes in whorls of 3; leaf blade ovate, 2-5 × 1-3.5 cm, abaxially sparsely pubescent, densely white villous at base of midvein and lateral veins, base rounded or cordate, margin remotely crenate-serrate, apex acute to long acuminate. Inflorescence a large terminal panicle of paired flowers (flowers opening consecutively). Flowers fragrant, with 6 oblong or lanceolate bracts at base of paired ovaries. Calyx of 5 sepals, elliptic, 5-6 mm, turning red at fruiting stage. Corolla 5-lobed, white to pink, funnelform, 10-12 mm, ca. 2 × as long as sepals, outside pubescent and gibbous at base of tube. Stamens and style long exserted; filaments slender, equal in length, inserted at base of corolla tube. Ovary cylindric, slightly compressed, pubescent, longitudinally striate; stigmas capitate. Achene crowned with persistent and slightly enlarged sepals. Fl. Aug-Sep, fr. Oct-Nov. 2n = 32. (Flora of China)
Narrative of a Journey in the Interior of China 1818.