Leea aculeata

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Leea aculeata

Description

Shrub to small tree up to 10 m, trunk and main branches with spines. Leaves 1-pinnate, leaflets (5-) 7(-9). Inflorescences 7-20 cm long, broad and multi-branched; Flowers 5-merous, greenish white. Ovary 4-6-celled, style 2 mm. Fruit 10-15 (-20) mm ø, shallowly grooved, blue-black;

Distribution

Malesia: N. Sumatra (East Coast Res., Lampung, Mentawei and Nassau Is.), W. Java (rare; Karimata Is.), Borneo (SE. Kalimantan; Sarawak, 4 records; common in Sabah), Philippines (common), Celebes (N. and SE. Peninsulas), Moluccas (Talaud Is., Ceram, Ambon), New Guinea (Fakfak). .
A rather interesting distribution pattern with the species exceedingly common in the Philippines and Sabah but apparently very rare over the southwestern part of its range to Sumatra.

Notes

Unlike L. angulata, the spines in this species are found only on the trunk and main branches and are lacking on fertile shoots.

Citation

STEUD. - in Norn. Bot., ed. 2. 1840: 21
NAVES - in Fl. Filip., ed. 3. 1877: t. 306
SUESSENG. - in E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam., ed. 2, 20d. 1953: 383
MIQ. - in Ann. Mus. Bot. Lugd.-Bat. 1863: 99
MERR., Int. Rumph. 1917: 347
RIDSDALE - in Blumea. 1974: f. 3/5
SPRENG., Sp. Blanc. 1918: 247
SUESSENG. - in E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam., ed. 2, 20d. 1953: 386
SPRENG., En. Born. 1921: 368
SPRENG. - in Syst. Veg. 1827: Cur. post. 70
Bl. - in Bijdr. 1825: 197
MERR. - in En. Philip. 1923: 10
BACKER & BAKH.f. - in Fl. Java. 1965: 93
BROWN - in Min. Prod. Philip. For. 1921: 206
BACKER, Schoolfl. Java. 1911: 254
SPRENG. - in Philip. J. Sc. 1908: Bot. 419
WINKLER - in Bot. Jahrb. 1910: 537
KOORD., Minah. 1898: 397
CLARKE - in J. Bot. 1881: 105
HASSK., Cat. Hort. Bog. 1844: 167
G. DON - in Gen. Hist. 1831: 713
MERR. - in Philip. J. Sc. 1907: Bot. 280