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Bhesa robusta (Roxb.) Ding Hou in Blumea Suppl. 4: 152. 1958. Celastrus robustus Roxb., Fl. Ind. 2: 385. 1824. Kurrimia pulcherrima Wallich ex M. Lawson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 622. 1875. (nom. illeg.). K. maingayi M. Lawson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 622. 1875.

Asm.: Hinuri, Koliori; Kh.: Dien-Mat-wei, Dieng-solignia; Mikir : Tamser.

Trees, up to 30 m tall. Leaves elliptic or oblong-elliptic, 8-25 x 3-8 cm. shortly acuminate; petiole 1-2.5 cm long, finely grooved above. Inflorescence axillary racemes, 7-12 cm long. Calyx lobes broadly ovate to subrotundate. 2 x 1 mm. Petals obovate-oblong, 2-3 x 1 mm. Stamens 2 mm long, attached beneath the outer margin of the disc; anthers deltoid, obtuse. Ovary subglobose, apex pubescent; styles 2, filiform, free. Disc cupular, usually puberulous. Fruits narrowly ellipsoid, 2-3.5 x 0.8-12 cm, with 2 vertical grooves, much tapered to the apex. glabrous, 1-seeded. Seeds oblong, shining, arillate.

Fl. & Fr. : Oct. - March.

Distrib. India: Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya and Andaman Islands.

Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Indo-China, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.

Notes. Wood is considered excellent for cabinet work.

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