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Ancistroeiadus heyneanus Wallich ex Wight, Icon. Pl. Ind. Orient. 6: 12, t. 1987 - 88.1853; Dyer in Fl. Brit. India 1: 299.1874.


Scandent shrubs with woody hooks on branches. Leaves sessile, 10 - 20 x 4.5 - 6 cm, elliptic-oblong to oblanceolate, narrowed at base, acute at apex, subrepand, reticulately veined. Flowers minute, in dichotomous panicles, very caducous. Calyx 5-lobed, lobes 4 - 8 x 3 - 4 mm, oblong, rounded at apex, lobes in fruiting spathulate, with 3 longer and 2 shorter ones. Petals 5, white, 6 - 8 x 3 - 4 mm, ovate-oblong. Stamens 10; filaments 6 - 9 mm long, alternately shorter. Ovary unilocular, 1-ovuled; styles 3; stigmas discoid. Fruits 5-winged, 1-seeded. Seeds globose, somewhat depressed above, corrugated.

Fl. March - April.

Distrib. India: Western Ghats. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Endemic.





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