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Connarus nicobaricus King, in J. As. Soc. Bengal 66: 6.1897.

Lianas; all parts except the inflorescence glabrous; young branches with pale smooth bark. Leaves 1 - 2-jugate, 20 - 25 cm long; leaflets broadly ovate, 7 - 12 x 3.8 - 7.25 cm, with a very short blunt apex, the base broad and rounded, thinly coriaceous, upper surface shining, the lower pale; nerves, 6 - 7 pairs, faint, curving upwards; terminal leaflets larger; petiolules about 0.75 cm long. Inflorescence a terminal, sometimes axillary panicle, as long as the leaves, rusty pubescent; flowering branches suberect. Flowers crowded near the ends of the branchlets, ca 1 cm long on a short pedicel. Sepals linear, 2 - 2.5 mm long, outer surface tomentose, inner glabrous. Petals linear, 6 - 8 mm long, pubescent on both surfaces. Stamens 10, in two whorls, much shorter than the style and petals; filaments sparsely pubescent, swollen near the base. Pistil as long as the petals; ovary broadly ovoid, tomentose; style sparsely pubescent; stigma sub capitate. Follicles broad, slightly compressed, obtuse; 3.75 - 4.5 x 2.5 cm; pericarp thick, outer surface faintly longitudinally striate, pubescent within.

Fl. & Fr. : Sept. - May.

Distrib. India: Andaman & Nicobar islands. Endemic.

Notes. A rare and endangered species, represented by only a few old collections in CAL.


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