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Tetrastigma andamanicum (King) Suesseng. ex Suesseng. in Mitt., Bot. Staatssamml. Munchen 1: 356.1953. Vitis andamanica King in J. As. Soc. Bengal 65: 393. 1896.

Climbing shrubs, glabrous except the inflorescences; tendrils stout, simple. Leaves 3 (-5)-foliolate; petioles 8-15 cm long; terminal leaflets oblong to elliptic-Ianceolate, 13-20 x 6-10 cm, acuminate at apex, acute at base, distantly serrate to subentire at margins, petiolules 2-3.5 cm long; lateral leaflets 11- 16 x 4-8 cm, slightly oblique at base, otherwise as in terminal leaflets, petiolules 1.5-3 cm long. Inflorescences corymbose cymes, ca 5 cm long, rusty pubescent; peduncles 0.5-2 cm long, rusty pubescent. Flowers 2-2.5 mm long, rusty pubescent; pedicels ca 2 mm long, thickened near tip, rusty pubescent. Calyx 4-lobed. Petals ca 2 x 1 mm, slightly incurved at apex. Disc ring shaped, fleshy, enclosing ovary. Stamens ca 1.5 mm long. Ovary ca 1.2 mm across; style indistict; stigma broadly 4-lobed. Berries globular-ovoid, ca 1 cm across, 1-( -2)-seeded. Seeds obovoid, ca 10 x 6 mm, mucronate at base, transversely furrowed on sides; adaxial surface with a linear groove; abaxial surface with a longitudinal groove enclosing the oblong chalaza,

Fl. & Fr. : Nov. - March.

Distrib. India: Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Endemic.

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