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Blumeodendron tokbrai (Blume) Kurz in J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, Pt. 2, Nat. Hist. 42(2): 245. 1873 & Forest Fl. Burma 2: 391. 1877, tantum quoad synon. Blume, emend. J.J.Sm. in Meded. Dept. Landb. Ned.- Indie 10: 462. 1910; Chakrab. in J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 6: 430. 1985. Elateriospermum tokbrai Blume, Bijdr. Fl. Ned. Ind. 621. 1826.

Trees, 20 - 30 m tall. Leaves in pseudo-whorls, elliptic to obovate-elliptic or broadly so, acute to obtuse at base, entire along margins acuminate at apex, 13 - 20 x 5 - 8 cm, stiffly coriaceous; lateral nerves 7 - 9 pairs, faint above, distinct beneath; minor nerves obscure to faint above, prominent and raised beneath, closely parallel, running at right angles to the midrib; petioles 2 - 5 cm long. Flowers: sepals valvate, touching in bud; disc annular; stamens 14 – 35. Fruits subglobose, 3 - 3.5 cm in diam., 3-locular, woody, with grooved sutures, tardily dehiscent, glabrous.

Fl. July – Aug.; Fr. Oct. – Nov.

Distrib. India: Inland evergreen forests, at ca 75 m altitude. Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Malaya, Sumatra, Java, Moluccas and New Guinea.

Notes. Very rare in Great Nicobar Island. Recognizable by the smooth leaves having distinctly raised and closely parallel tertiary nerves.

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