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Tetracera scandens (L.) Merr., Interpr. Rumph. Herb. Amboin. 365. 1917. Tragia scandens L. in Stickm., Herb. Amboin. 18. 1754. Delima sarmentosa L. var. hebecarpa (DC.) Hook. f. & Thomson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 31. 1872. D. hebecarpa DC., Prodr. 1: 70. 1824.


Shrubs, up to 2 m tall, or llanas, up to 30 m long. Leaves oblong to obovate, 6 - 15 x 3 - 7 cm. Flowers up to 200, in terminal panicles. Sepals 4, sometimes 5, ca 3 x 2 mm, scabrid-strigose outside, ciliate along margins. Petals 3, each 3 - 5 x 2 - 3.5 mm, white, yellowish or reddish white. Stamens 65 - 80, each ca 3 mm long. Carpels densely hairy. Follicles ca 10 x 6 mm, with 1 - 3 mm long beaks, 1 - 2-seeded. Seeds ca 4 x 3 mm, glossy black; aril 2 - 3 mm long, fimbriate.

Fl. & Fr. March - April.

Distrib. India: Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

China and Malaysia.

Notes. Though no specimen is available in CAL, Hoogland (l.c.) has reported its occurrence in the above islands. The two specimens (Lobb 133) at CAL represent the collection made by Lobb in March 1868 from piants cultivated in the Botanic Garden, Howrah. One of them is flowering and the other early fruiting. The source of this introduction seems to be from Singapore, Malaysia (Lobb s. n. in K), on behalf of the firm James Veitch & Sons.




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