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Celastrus hookeri Prain. in J. As. Soc. Bengal 73: 197. 1904; Cowan & Cowan. Trees of N. Bengal 35. 1929. C. stylosa sensu M. Lawson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 618.1875. (non Wallich ex Roxb.) p.p.

Scandent shrubs. Leaves broadly elliptic-ovate, 6-18 x 4-8 cm, apex acute, base obtuse. margin serrate, thin membranous on flowering branches; nerves 4-6 pairs; stipules laciniate; petiole 10-15 mm long. Inflorescence 3- 5-flowered panicles; peduncles glabrous. Male flowers: Sepals about 2 mm long; lobes deltoid, ciliate. Petals oblong to obovate. 3 x 1.5 mm. green, glandular at the margins. Stamens 5, arising from the margin of the disc. 2 mm long; ovary sterile. Disc cup shaped. lobed. Female flowers : Sepals, petals and disc as in the male. Stamens sterile. Ovary globose, 4 mm across. narrowed into a distinct style; stigma 3-lobed. each lobe bifid, linear. Fruits capsular, subglobose, 3-5 seeded. Seeds ellipsoid or ovoid, 4 x 2 mm, black, areolate.

Fl. & Fr. : April - Aug.

Distrib. India: At altitudes from 1500-3000 m. West Bengal (Darjeeling) Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

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