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Dichapetalum platyphyllum Merr. in Philipp. J. Sci. 30: 401. 1926; Leenh. in Reinwardtia 4: 81. 1956 & in Steenis, Fl. Males. ser. I. 5: 310. 1957.


Lianas; branches terete, dark brown, faintly ribbed, gland-dotted, glabrescent when young. Leaves elliptic to broadly elliptic or oblong-elliptic, cuneate at base, entire along margins, acuminate at apex with up to 1.2 cm long acumen, 9 - 17.5 x 2.4 - 9.1 cm, coriaceous, greyish-green with scattered glands beneath especially on lateral nerves and midnerve; lateral nerves 5 - 7 pairs, curved, distinctly interarching, ca 5 mm short of margins; petioles 1 - 5 mm long, minutely pubescent. Inflorescence distinctly stalked, fulvous-tomentose, up to 20-flowered. Calyx up to 3 mm long, densely fulvous-tomentose outside. Petals slightly emarginate, glabrous. Fruits solitary or up to 4 together, 2 - 3-lobed, 2 - 3-loculed, slightly warty, up to 3.2 x 3 cm, globose with a distinct suture on each lobe; lobes obovate,velvety-tomentose; stalk up to 1.2 cm long with persistent calyx; stones rugose; seeds 2 - 3, one per locule, pear-sbaped, ca 1.5 x 0.8 cm, violet-brown when dry.

Fl. & Fr. July - Sept.

Distrib. India: In inland forests of Great Nicobar Island.

Malesia and Philippines.




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