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Artabotrys zeylanicus Hook. f. & Thomson, Fl. Ind. 128. 1855 & in Fl. Brit. India 1: 54. 1872.


Woody straggling climbers, puberulous., glabrous with age. Leaves broadly lanceolate or oblanceolate, narrowed at base, subacute to slightly acuminate at apex, 12 - 17 x 5 - 8 cm, thickly coriaceous, glabrous; lateral nerves 8 - 12 pairs; petioles 7 - 10 mm long. Flowers 4 - 5 cm long, fragrant, 1 - 4 together on hooked peduncles; pedicels 7 - 12 mm long, rusty tomentose when young. Sepals 3, broadly ovate to triangular, connate at base, acute, 4 - 5 x 3 - 4 mm, rufous tomentose outside. Petals 6 (3 + 3), subequal or inner ones slightly shorter, connate at base, clawed, 3 - 3.5 x 0.5 - 0.5 cm; limb oblong-lanceolate, brown tomentose. Torus convex or flat, villous. Stamens many, ca 2 mm long; connectives broad, peltate. Carpels many, linear, ca 3 mm long, intermixed with strigose hairs; style linear and short; stigma flat, spathulate, sometimes curved. Ripe carpels many, sessile, broadly ovoid, mucronate, ca 2 cm across, ca 3 cm long, rugulose, harshly tomentose. Seeds 2, oblong-ovoid, ca 1 cm long, dark brown, finely wrinkled.

Fl. Oct. - Feb.; Fr. May - Aug.

Distrib. India: Tropical evergreen forests. Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.

Sri Lanka.




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