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Cassine viburnifolia (A.L. Juss.) Ding Hou in Fl. Males. 1: 6(2): 286. 1962. Aegiphila viburnifolia A.L. Juss. in Ann. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris 7: 76. 1806. Elaeodendron subrotundum King in J. As. Soc. Bengal 65: 2. 356. 1896; Parkinson, For. Fl. Andaman Isls. 127. 1923.

Small trees or shrubs, upto 10 m tall; branchlets subcompressed. Leaves obovate, obovate-oblong, broad elliptic or suborbicular, 4-10.5 x 2-6 cm, apex acute, base cuneate to rounded, subcoriaceous; main nerves 4-6 pairs, spreading obliquely. Cymes up to 11 cm long; peduncles up to 6 cm. Flowers white, 4-merous. Calyx lobes deeply divided, free, broadly ovate to suborbicular, 1 mm long. Petals oblong, obtuse, about 2 x 1 mm. Stamens erect, inserted beneath the disc margin, 1.25 mm long; filaments slender; anthers ovate, basifixed. Ovary ovoid. Disc short, thin, wavy. Fruits drupaceous, obovoid-oblong, 12 x 6 mm, gradually narrowed towards the base. Seed 1, obovate-oblong, 6 x 3 mm.

Fl. & Fr. : March.

Distrib. India : Andaman Islands.

Thailand and Malesia

Notes. The husk of the fruit is said to be used to stupefy fish.

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