Licania

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Licania

Description

Small to large trees. Leaves glabrous on both surfaces, without stomatal crypts. Stipules small, free, caducous. Inflorescence a panicle of cymules. Flowers hermaphrodite. Petals 5, small, not exceeding the calyx lobes, not clawed. Stamens 7-10, all fertile, inserted on margin of disk; Ovary inserted at or near base of receptacle, pilose on exterior; Fruit a small, fleshy drupe, narrowed to a shortly stip-itate base;

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: Lesser Sunda Is. absent; Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present); New Guinea present; Philippines (Philippines present), West Africa present, neotropics present
About 180 species in the Neotropics, one species in West Africa; three species in Malesia from the Malay Peninsula to New Guinea and the Philippines, but not in the Lesser Sunda Islands.

Uses

The timber is strong and durable and resistant to marine borers. It is hard to work because of silica.

Notes

The description above is for the Malesian element of Licania; the genus is much more variable in the Neotropics. The three Asian species are placed in subgenus Angelesia by .

Citation

PRANCE & WHITM. - in Tree Fl. Malaya. 1973: 328
FOCKE - in E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam. 3. 1891: 58
FRITSCH - in Ann. Naturh. Mus. Wien. 1889: 33
DC. - in Prod. 1825: 527
RIDLEY - in Fl. Mal. Pen. 1922: 671
WHITE - in Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 1976: 280
BURK., Dict. 1935: 159
CORNER, Wayside Trees. 1940: 526
HUTCH. - in Gen. Flow. Pl. 1964: 191
MIQ. - in Fl. Ind. Bat. 1858: 1084
HUTCH. - in Gen. Flow. Pl. 1964: 191
HOOK. f. - in Benth. & Hook.f., Gen. Pl. 1. 1865: 606
BOERL. - in Handl. Fl. Ned. Ind. 1890: 424
PRANCE - in Brittonia. 1979: 94
FOCKE - in E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam. 3. 1891: 58
DC. - in Prod. 1825: 526
HOOK. f. - in Benth. & Hook.f., Gen. Pl. 1. 1865: 606
PRANCE - in Fl. Neotrop. 1972: 21