Intsia

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Intsia

Description

Trees often with buttresses. Leaves paripinnate. Stipules intrapetiolar, connate. Inflorescences terminal or axillary, simply racemose, often fasciculate, or paniculate; bracts caducous. Flowers bisexual, zygomorphic. Petals: only 1 fully developed, flabellate, lower half narrowed into a claw, the others rudimentary or absent. Stamens 3 or very rarely 4 fertile; staminodes 4-7; filaments and staminodes connate at the base; anthers dorsifixed. Ovary stipitate (stipe adnate to the hypanthium except the apical part), puberulous; style slender; stigma small, capitellate. Seeds ovoid, oblong, discoid, or sublenticular, flattened, not arillate, scurfy, exalbuminous.

Distribution

from Madagascar, islands in Indian Ocean, tropical Asia, through Malesia to N Australia, Melanesia and Micronesia: present
Species 2 or more, from Madagascar, islands in Indian Ocean, tropical Asia, through Malesia to N Australia, Melanesia and Micronesia. In Malesia 2 species.

Uses

The timber (international trade name merbau) has a wide range of uses both indoors and outdoors, the main source of merbau timber being Intsia palembanica. See

Citation

Ding Hou - in Blumea. 1994: 322.
Cowan & Polhill - in Polhill & Raven, Adv. Leg. Syst. 1. 1981: 128
Watson & Dallwitz, Gen. Leg.-Caesalp. 1983: 35