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Alphonsea lutea (Roxb.) Hook. f. & Thomson, Fl. Ind. 153. 1855 & in Fl. Brit. India 1: 89. 1872. Uvaria lutea Roxb., Corom. Pl. 1: t. 36. 1795 & Fl. Ind. 2: 666. 1832.

Trees; young branches brown pubescent. Leaves ovate to oblong or elliptic, almost rounded at base, obtusely acuminate at apex, 10 - 15 x 3.5 - 7 cm, glabrous above, sparsely pubescent beneath; petioles 4 - 5 mm long, pubescent when young. Flowers in dense fascicles, leaf-opposed, subcapitate; pedicels 5 - 7 mm long, densely brown tomentose; bracts minute, at the base and a little above the base of the pedicels. Sepals 3, connate into a 3-angled shallow cup, 2 - 3 mm long, tomentose outside, glabrous inside. Petals 6 (3 + 3), subequal, ovate, acute, ca 10 x 6 mm, thick, tomentose outside, glabrous inside, reflexed at tips. Stamens many, ca 1.5 mm long; connectives broad, slightly and bluntly produced. Carpels few, oblong, ca 2.5 mm long, strigose; stigma sessile, capitate. Ripe carpels few, broadly ovoid, obtuse at both ends, ca 1.5 cm long, puberulous; stalk very short. Seeds 3 - 6, in 2 rows.

Fl. April- May; Fr. Aug.- Sept.

Distrib. India: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Orissa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Sri Lanka and Myanmar.


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