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Leea L., nom. cons.


Description and distribution same as the family.



KEY TO THE SPECIES


1a. Inflorescence and leaflets with conspicuous, large, discoid, brown, pearl glands 1. Leea aequata
b. Pearl glands inconspicous 2
2a. Flowers greenish white 3
b. Flowers crimson-red to orange yellow 8
3a. Stems and ultimate branches with spines 3. Leea angulata
b. Stems and ultimate branches without spines 4
4a. Leaflets 5 - 7-nerved at base 5
b. Leaflets 3-nerved at base 7
5a. Staminodial lobes deeply bifid; bracts ovate to linear-lanceolate 4. Leea asiatica
b. Staminodial lobes shallowly cleft; bracts deltoid to triangular 6
6a. Calyx mealy pubescent 9. Leea macrophylla
b. Calyx glabrous 6. Leea grandifolia
7a. Bracts of inflorescence broadly ovate, somewhat foliaceous, up to 12 mm long; leaves trifoliolate or 1 - 2-pinnate; stipules narrow persistent 5. Leea compactiflora
b. Bracts of inflorescence narrowly triangular, up to 4 mm long, early caducous; leaves 2 - 3 pinnate; stipules obovate. caducous 8. Leea indica
8a. Leaves 1-pinnate; rachis narrowly winged 2. Leea alata
b. Leaves 2 - 3-pinnate; rachis not winged 9
9a. Staminodial tube 2 - 3 mm long 7. Leea guineensis
b. Staminodial tube less than 2 mm long 10
10a. Leaves membranous with setaceous hairs above; flowers creamish yellow at maturity 11. Leea setuligera
b. Leaves chartaceous. without setaceous hairs above; flowers and inflorescence red 10. Leea rubra


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