|Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum|
The name Loropetalum refers to the shape of the flowers and comes from the Greek loron meaning strap and petalon meaning petal. Flowers are produced in clusters during spring and are similar to those of the closely related witch-hazel. Each flower consists of four to six (depending on species) slender strap shaped petals 1–2 cm long.
The species are:
- Loropetalum chinense - white-flowering variety up to 3.7 m tall, pink-flowering variety up to 1.5 m tall
- Loropetalum lanceum - up to 13 m tall, white flowers
- Loropetalum subcordatum - up to 12 m tall
- Zhi-Yun Zhang, Hongda Zhang, and Peter K. Endress, "Loropetalum R. Brown in G. F. Abel, Narr. Journey China, App. B. 375. 1818", Flora of China
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