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Aspidopterys indica (Roxb.) Hochr. in Bull. Inst. Bot. Buitenzorg 19: 45. 1904. Triopteris indica Roxb., Pl. Coromandel t. 160. 1798. Aspidopterys roxburghiana A. Juss. in Ann. Sci. Nat. Bot. ser. 2. 13: 267. 1840; Hook. f., Fl.Brit. India 1: 420. 1874, excl. var. et syn.

Kh.: Mei-thit; Tel.: Bariki, Erikata, Reguvakuttge.

Climbing shrubs; branches slender. Leaves ovate, elliptic-ovate, oblong or sometimes orbicular, rounded at base, acuminate at apex, entire along margins, 6 - 12 x 3 - 8 cm, glabrous, slightly pubescent below nerves on lower surface; petioles 8 - 15 mm long, rusty-pubescent. Panicles 10 - 12 cm long (up to 28 cm in fruits), rusty-tomentose. Flowers ca 2 mm across; buds subglobose or oblong, 1.5 - 2.5 x ca 1 mm; pedicels ca 16 mm long in fruits, articulate below middle at about 5 mm from base, sparsely tomentose to glabrescent above articulation. Calyx-lobes ovate, obtuse, 0.5 - 1 mm long, tomentose. Petals ovate to obovate, concave, ca 3 mm long, white. Filaments ca 1 mm long, connate at base; anthers ovoid,ca 1 mm long. Ovary pilose; styles 3, slightly longer than stamens; stigma capitate. Samara wings linear-oblong, equally broader on both sides or slightly narrower, 2.5 - 5.5 x 1 - 1.75 cm, membranous, glabrous; carpophore concave, ca 2 mm long.

Fl. & Fr. April-Jan.

Distrib. India: In open areas and forest margins. In primary and secondary forests, up to 1650 m. Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.


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