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Celastrus stylosus Wallich ex Roxb., Fl. Ind. 2: 401. 1824; M. Lawson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 618. 1875. p.p. Gymnosporia neglecta Wallich ex M. Lawson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 619. 1875.

Kh.: Mej-jendru.

Scandent shrubs; branchlets terete. Leaves elliptic or obovate-oblong, 5-8 x 3-5 cm, apex acute, base obtuse, margin serrate, membranous, nerves about 8 pairs, venation loosely reticulate; stipules filiform; petioles 1.5-2 cm long. Flowers in cymes, green. Male flowers: Sepals 5-lobed; lobes ovate to oblong, 2 mm long, crenate to entire. Petals obovate, obtuse, 2-3 mm long,. crenulate, papillose on both sides. Disc cupular, membranous, lobed. Stamens 2 mm long; filaments densely papillose, arising between the disc lobes. Ovary sterile. Female flowers: Sepals, petals and disc same as in the male flowers. Stamens sterile. Ovary subglobose; style distinctly columnar; stigma 3-lobed, each lobe bifid. Fruits capsular, subglobose, 7-12 x 5-10 mm, 3-6-seeded. Seeds plano-convex to benate, 4-6 x 1-2 mm; areole distinct.

Fl. & Fr. : March - Jan.

Distrib. India : Eastern and North Eastern region, from 700 to 2500 m. West Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya and Orissa.

Nepal, Bangladesh, W. Java and Lesser Sunda Islands.

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