Leea aculeata

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Leea aculeata


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;


Ambon present, Asia-Tropical: Borneo present (Sabah presentpresent, Sarawak present); Maluku (Maluku present); New Guinea present; Philippines (Philippines presentpresent); Sumatera (Sumatera present), Ceram present, East Coast Res present, Fakfak present, Karimata Is present, Lampung present, Mentawei present, N. present, N. Sumatra present, Nassau Is present, SE. Kalimantan present, SE. Peninsulas present, Talaud Is present, W. Java present
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.


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


SPRENG. 1921: En. Born. p 368
STEUD. 1840 – In: Norn. Bot., ed. 2. p 21
Miq. 1863 – In: Ann. Mus. Bot. Lugd.-Bat. p 99
G. DON 1831 – In: Gen. Hist. p 713
Bl. 1825 – In: Bijdr. p 197
Merr. 1907 – In: Philip. J. Sc. Bot. 280
SPRENG. 1918: Sp. Blanc. p 247
BACKER & BAKH.f. 1965 – In: Fl. Java. p 93
NAVES 1877: p. 227. – In: Fl. Filip., ed. 3. t. 306
HASSK. 1844: Cat. Hort. Bog. p 167
BACKER 1911: Schoolfl. Java. p 254
Merr. 1917: Int. Rumph. p 347
RIDSDALE 1974: p. 85. – In: Blumea. f. 3/5
Koord. 1898: Minah. p 397
BROWN 1921 – In: Min. Prod. Philip. For. p 206
Merr. 1923 – In: En. Philip. p 10
WINKLER 1910 – In: Bot. Jahrb. p 537
SUESSENG. 1953 – In: E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam., ed. 2, 20d. p 386
Clarke 1881 – In: J. Bot. p 105
SUESSENG. 1953 – In: E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam., ed. 2, 20d. p 383
SPRENG. 1908 – In: Philip. J. Sc. Bot. 419
SPRENG. 1827 – In: Syst. Veg. Cur. post. 70