Willughbeia tenuiflora

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Willughbeia tenuiflora

Description

Branchlets rufous pubescent to glabrous; Leaves: Inflorescence axillary, axis shorter or as long as subtending petiole, to 4.2 cm long; Sepals ovate, 1.2-1.8 mm long, lobes 1-1.6 by 0.8-1.6 mm, 1-1.9 times as long as wide, apex rounded to acute, rufous pubescent or, rarely, glabrous, ciliate. Stamens inserted at 1.3-2.7 mm from corolla base which is 0.15-0.25 of tube length; Ovary 0.5-1 mm long; Fruit pear-shaped, 6-15 by 4.5-11.5 cm. Seeds 2.2-2.5 by 0.9-1.4 by 0.9-1.4 cm.

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present, Singapore present); Sumatera (Sumatera present)
Malesia: Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore.

Uses

Previously exploited for low quality rubber before the widespread use of Hevea brasiliensis. The fruit is edible. The latex has also been used for the treatment of scabies and other skin ailments.

Citation

Markgr. - in Blumea. 1973: 413
Hook.f. - in PROSEA. 2000: 135
I.M. Turner - in Gard. Bull. Singapore. 1997: 131
Merr., Bibliogr. Enum. Born. Pl. 1921: 496
King & Gamble - in J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal. 1907: 396
Ridl. - in J. Straits Branch Roy. Asiat. Soc. 1900: 83
D.J. Middleton - in Blumea. 1993: 18
Masam., Enum. Phan. Born. 1942: 626
Ridl. - in Fl. Malay Penins. 1923: 325
I.M. Turner - in Gard. Bull. Singapore. 1993: 37
Boerl. - in Bull. Inst. Bot. Buitenzorg. 1900: 6