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Michelia oblonga Wallich ex Hook. f. & Thomson, Fl. Ind. 81. 1855 & in Fl. Brit. India 1: 43. 1872.

Asm.: Bor-sopa, Ful-sopa, Kothal-sopa; Garo: Bewa-champhe, Chambi-sirsang; kit.: Dieng-ta-rai.

Trees, ca 50 m high, usually buttressed at base; bark grey, rough, warty, 2 - 4 cm thick, aromatic. Leaves oblanceolate, obovate-oblong, acute at base, shortly acuminate at apex, 8 -15 x 4 - 6 cm, coriaceous, shiny above, glaucous beneath; lateral nerves 10 - 12 pairs; tertiaries laxly reticulate, conspicuous on both surfaces; petioles 1.5 - 2.5 cm long, swollen at base; stipules narrowly oblong, as long as petiole. Flowers axillary, solitary, white, scarcely scented; buds ovoid, elongate, ca 2.5 cm long; pedicels short, annulate. Perianth parts 12, white, fading to pale yellow, narrowly obovate-lanceolate, 2.5 - 3.5 cm long. Stamens ca 50; filaments ca 2.5 mm long; anthers 1.5 - 2 cm long. Carpels 40 or more, ovoid, ca 1.25 x 1 mm, glabrous; stylar crest as long as ovary. Fruiting receptacle up to 15 cm long; ripe carpels sessile, lax, obovoid, ca 20 x 12 mm, woody, lenticellate, beaked, speckled.

Fl. & Fr. May; Fr. July. Oct.

Distrib. India: N.E. region, evergreen forests, plains to 1200 m. Assam and Meghalaya.


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