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Hiptage sericea Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 419. 1874.

Climbers; branches densely covered with short brown tomentum. Leaves oblong, elliptic or ovate, acute to rounded at base, acuminate at apex, 7.5-12.5 x 2.2-3.5 cm, glabrous; foliar glands absent; petioles 5-6 mm long, densely fulvous-pubescent. Racemes 3-6 cm long, rusty-brown, softly-tomentose; pedicels ca 2.8 cm long, articulate at ca 1.3 cm below calyx, brown-tomentose. Flower-buds sub-globose to ovoid, 5-6 mm long. Calyx-lobes elliptic-ovate, rounded at apex, ca 3 x 2 mm, densely tomentose outside, glabrous inside; glands oblong, 2-3 mm long. Petals white; outer ones elliptic, inner ones orbicular, denticulate, 6-8 x 4-5 mm, tomentose outside, glabrous inside, white. Filaments 5-12 mm long; anthers ovoid, ca 1 mm long. Styles acute, ca 12 mm long. Samaras reddish-brown; median wings oblong, 3-4.5 x 0.75-1 cm; lateral wings ovate, 1.5-2.8 x 0.5-0.8 cm.

Distrib. India: Evergreen forests, 800-1200 m. Assam, Sikkim, Nagaland, Karnataka. Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Myanmar, China and Malesia.


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