Chamaecrista absus

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Chamaecrista absus


Herb or small shrub up to 60(-100) cm, sticky through viscid bristles. Leaves with 2 (or 1) pair(s) of leaflets; stipules linear, acute, 2-4 mm; petiole viscid-bristly, 2.5- 3.5 cm; rachis 5-8 mm with a tiny, 0.5 mm long, ligulate-acute gland between each pair of leaflets. Sepals narrowly ovate, 3-4 mm, with glandular hairs outside. Petals yellow turning brick-red, obovate, subequal, 5-7 mm, claw short. Stamens 5, subequal; filaments c. 2 mm; anthers 1-2 mm, with lateral rims opening at apex and gradually downwards to the base; staminodes absent. Ovary densely strigose; style glabrous; stigma spathulate, recurved, ciliate. Seeds 5-8, ovate, flattish, 3-4 mm.


Asia-Tropical: Jawa (Jawa present); Lesser Sunda Is. (Bali present); Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present); New Guinea present; Sulawesi (Sulawesi present), Penang I present, Timor present, palaeotropic present
Of palaeotropic origin; in Malesia, however, introduced and only locally common as, for instance, in Java, Bali, Timor and Celebes. It was also collected from Penang I. in the north and scattered on the Malay Peninsula; also recorded from New Guinea.


Miq. 1878 – In: Fl. Ind. Bat.: 100
Backer & Bakh.f 1964 – In: Fl. Java: 537
de Wit 1956 – In: Webbia: 279
K. & S.S.Larsen 1984 – In: Fl. Camb., Laos & Vietnam: 98
Rudd 1991 – In: Fl. Ceylon: 86.
Roxb. 1874: Fl. Ind., ed. Clarke: 351.
Verdc. 1979 – In: Manual New Guinea Leg., Lae Bot. Bull.: 36