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Bridelia insulana Hance in J.Bot.15:337.1877; Engl.,Pflanzenr.IV. 147.viii: 63.1915;S.Dressler in Blumea 41:315.1996, p.p.,excl. syn.B. nicobarica.B. penangiana Hook.f.,Fl.Brit. India 5: 272. 1887; Jabl.,l.c.75.1915; Airy Shaw in Kew Bull.26:229.1972. B.minutiflora Hook.f., l. c. 273.1887; Jabl.,l.c.76.1915. B.moonii sensu C. Murugan & M.Y.Kamble in Indian J. Forest. 35(3):355, Pl.1,f.1.2012,non Thwaites 1861.

Trees, up to 10 m high; branchlets brown, tomentose. Leaves alternate, elliptic-ovate, 10 – 18 x 4 – 10 cm, obtuse at base, entire along margins, abruptly acuminate at apex, coriaceous, brown when dry, glabrescent above, sparsely to moderately pubescent beneath; lateral nerves 8 – 12 per side, impressed above, prominent beneath; petioles 0.5 – 1 cm long. Inflorescences axillary, multibracteate glomerules.Male flowers: not seen. Female flowers: sessile; calyx cupular, 2 – 5 mm in diam.; lobes 5, triangular-lanceolace, ca 2 x 0.5 mm. Drupes ellipsoid, 1-locular, red when ripe.

Fl. & Fr. Oct. – Nov.

Distrib. India: In primary forests at sea level. Andaman & Nicobar Islands (Little Nicobar).

Myanmar, Thailand, Indo-China, through Malesia to N. Australia.

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