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Alchornea mollis Müll.Arg. in Linnaea 34: 168. 1865 & in DC., Prodr. 15(2): 902. 1866; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 420. 1887. Stipellaria mollis Benth. in Hooker’s J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 6: 3. 1854, non Klotzsch, 1849.


Tel.: Badeki.

Shrubs or small trees, monoecious. Leaves broadly ovate or suborbicular, rounded, truncate or shallowly cordate at base, crenate-serrate to cuspidate-dentate along margins, cuspidate-acuminate at apex, 8 - 13 x 4 - 8 cm, pellucid-dotted, softly pubescent beneath, palmately 3-nerved with usually large glands at base; stipels lanceolate, 4 - 6 mm long; petioles stout, 5 - 15 mm long; stipules subulate, small. Male flowers: with short 2 - 2.5 mm long pedicels on 10 - 15 cm long racemes; calyx glabrous, usually splitting irregularly. Female flowers: on 10 - 15 cm long racemes; sepals lanceolate, ca 4 mm long, glandular at base; ovary tomentose; styles free nearly to base. Fruits globose, faintly 3-lobed, 12 - 14 mm in diam., softly grey-pubescent; seeds subglobose, dorsally compressed, rugose.

Fl. July.

Distrib. India: Tropical and subtropical forests of C. & E. Himalayas, up to 1100 m altitude. West Bengal, Sikkim and Assam.

Nepal, Bhutan and China.




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