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Celastrus monospermoides Loes. in Nova Guinea 2: 280. 1910. C. championii King in J. As. Soc. Bengal 65: 639. 1896 (non Benth., 1851).

Trees. Leaves elliptic to elliptic-oblong or ovate, 5-16 x 2.5-8 cm, apex acute to acuminate, margin serrate to almost entire; nerves 4-7 pairs, conspicuous; petioles up to 15 mm long; stipules lacinate. Flowers usually in axillary panicles; bracts deltoid, irregularly errose. Male flower: Sepals suborbicular, 0.5 to 1 mm long, entire, short ciliate. Petals oblong to oblong-elliptic, 2 x 1 mm. obtuse or rounded, entire. Stamens attached below the margin of the disc. 2.5 mm long. Disc lobed. fleshy, flat. Female flowers: Sepals, petals and disc as in the male flowers. Sterile stamens shorter in length than male flowers. Ovary globose, flask shaped; stigma discoid. Fruits obovoid, angular-ovoid. up to 20 x 12 mm. Seeds broadly ovoid. 7-12 x 5-10 mm, blackish or brownish, smooth, arillate; arils bright red.

Fl. & Fr. : March - Oct.

Distrib. India: In Desert and semi arid regions. up to 1000 m. Arunachal Pradesh. Manipur, Tripura, Orissa. Punjab and Rajasthan.

Sumatra. Malay Peninsula. Borneo. Philippines. Molluccas and New Guinea.

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