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Brownlowia tersa (L.) Kosterm. in Penerbitan Majd. Pengetahuan Indonesia 1: 73. 1959. Glabraria tersa L., Mant. Alt. 276. 1771 . Brownlowia lanceolata Benth. in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 5, Suppl. 2: 57. 1861; Masters in Fl. Brit. India 1: 381. 1874.

Beng.: Bola sundri, Kedar sundri.

Shrubs or small trees; branchlets slender, lepidote, greyish. Leaves 14 - 16 x 3.5 - 5 cm, lanceolate, rounded at base, acuminate at apex, entire, glabrous above, silvery greyish beneath, pinnately nerved; petioles up to 8 mm long, slightly thickened at apex. Panicles terminal and axillary, 5 - 6 cm long. Calyx campanulate; lobes ca 3 mm long, lanceolate, acute, lepidote. Petals ca 5 mm long, narrowly obovate. Anthers didymous; lobes slightly divergent; connectives thick; staminodes linear-lanceolate, petaloid, sometimes with rudimentary anthers. Ovary 4-lobed; locules 2-ovuled; style simple; stigma 4-lobed. Capsules ca 1.5 cm long, pyriform, truncate, widest at apex, crumpled.

Fl. May - June; Fr. Aug. - Sept.

Distrib. India: Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa and Andaman & Nicobar Islands(Andaman Islands).

Myanmar and Malesia.

Notes. Occurs in tidal forests and saltwater creeks forming dense thickets along banks, almost submerged during high tides.


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