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Ancistrocladus wallichii Planch. in Ann. Sci. Nat. ser.3, 13: 319. 1849; Dyer in Fl. Brit. India 1: 300. 1874.


Climbers; stems with circinate and hooked branchlets. Leaves tufted, sessile, 40 - 55 x 5 - 7.5 cm, linear, gradually narrowed to subauricled at base, obtusely acuminate or acute at apex, midrib distinct with inconspicuous lateral veins. Panicles terminal or on short lateral branches, 2 - 3 times dichotomous; bracts ovate, denticulate, acute. Calyx lobes 5 - 6 x 3 - 4 mm, adnate to ovary, persistent, often with dorsal glandular pits; fruiting calyx lobes 2 - 2.5 cm long, obovate, obtuse, spreading. Petals 5, 5 - 8 x 3 - 5 mm, free, fleshy, imbricate. Stamens 10, slightly unequal; filaments 1 - 2 mm long, fleshy, connate at base; anthers basifixed. Ovary half inferior, ovules solitary, erect; styles 3, articulated to epigynous disc. Seeds subglobose.

Fl. Jan. - March; Fr. March - May.

Distrib. India: In mixed evergreen forests up to 150 m. Andaman & Nicobar Islands(Andaman Islands); rare.

Bangladesh and Myanmar.




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