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Platea latfolia Blume, Bijdr. 647. 1826; Sleumer in Blumea 17(1): 243. 1969. Platystigma myristiceum R. Br. in Wallich, Cat. n. 7523. 1832. nom. nud.; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 381. 1887.

Trees, 25 - 30 m tall; young branches, leaves and inflorescence rusty tomentose. Leaves ovate-elliptic or elliptic-oblong, 12 - 20 x 5 - 10 cm, apex acute to acuminate, dull brown below, smooth and glossy on the upper surface; venation prominent on the lower surface; petiole 2 - 4 cm long, slightly woolly. Male flowers: in 4 - 6 cm long spikes or panicles. Sepals deeply lobed; lobes broadly ovate, slightly imbricate. Petals connate at base, 1.5 mm long, inflexed at tips. Filaments very short; anthers ovoid. Rudimentary ovary absent. Female flowers: Calyx deeply lobed, persistent, pubescent on dorsal surface. Petals absent. Ovary obconical, woolly or glabrous; stigma sessile, discoid, broader than ovary, persistent in fruit. Drupes ovoid-ellipsoid, 3 - 4.5 x 2 - 2.5 cm, yellow-orange to red, pruplish black on drying.

Fl. & Fr. : Feb. - March.

Distrib. India: In evergreen forests or swamps and around wetlands, up to an elevation of 560 m. Sikkim and Mizoram.

Bangladesh, China, Thailand, Indo-China, Malaya, Indonesia, Philippines and New Guinea.

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