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Eriolaena spectabilis Planch. ex Masters in Fl. Brit. India 1: 371. 1874. Wallichia spectabilis DC., Mem. Mus. Paris 10: 104, t. 6. 1823, non Wallichia Roxb.

Shrubs or small trees; young portions stellate-hairy. Leaves 7.5 - 14 x 6 - 13 cm, ovate, cordate at base, acuminate at apex, ashy-pubescent beneath, nerves 7 - 9, prominent above, raised beneath; petioles 3 - 6 cm long; stipules capillary. Flowers yellow, in axillary, peduncled, many-flowered panicles. Peduncles longer than leaves, ultimate pedicels stellate-hairy, nearly as long as flowers. Involucral bracts linear, entire, rarely lobed. Calyx at first spathaceous, ultimately 5-lobed, lobes 15 - 18 x 3 - 4 mm, linear-lanceolate. Petals 15 - 20 x 5 - 7 mm, obovate-spathulate, claw thick, villous. Staminal column ca 1 cm long, with stamens in irregular series. Ovary ovoid, villous, many-loculed; styles pilose at base; stigmas many. Capsules up to 4 x 3 cm, ovoid-oblong, woody, valves obtuse, tubercled, villous at the inner angles. Seeds many, winged.

Fl. March - May; Fr. June - Oct.

Distrib. India: Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Manipur.

Nepal and Bhutan.

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