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Michelia punduana Hook. f. & Thomson, Fl. Ind. 81. 1855 & in Fl. Brit. India 1: 43.1872.

Kh.: Dieng-soh-niar, Nep.: Champ.

Tall trees; bark grey with horizontal wrinkles; young parts brown silky, soon glabrate. Leaves oblong, obovate or elliptic-oblanceolate, acute to cuneate at base, caudate- acuminate at apex, 7.5 - 15 x 3.5 - 5 cm, coriaceous, glabrous on both surfaces, shiny above, pale or subglaucous beneath; lateral nerves 8 - 12 pairs, obscure; reticulations visible on both surfaces; petioles stout, 1.2 - 1.5 cm; stipules about as long as petiole, narrowly oblong; stipular scars 0.7 - 1.2 cm long. Flowers axillary, solitary, rarely in pairs, 2.5 - 5 cm across, white, not much scented; buds ovoid, pointed, 2 - 2.5 cm long, densely silky. Perianth parts 9 - 12, outer ones obovate-cuneate, inner ones narrowly oblanceolate, acute. Stamens many, shorter than gynoecium. Carpels ca 50, beaked. Fruiting spikes 5 - 10 cm long; ripe carpels obovate or subglobose, compressed, not beaked, 8 - 10 mm across, lenticellate. Seed solitary, aromatic, with scarlet red aril and black testa.

Fl. & Fr. Oct. - March.

Distrib. India: E. Himalayas and N. E. India, subtropical forests. 1000 - 1600 m. Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Meghalaya.



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