Crudia reticulata

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Crudia reticulata


Treelet 5-9 m high and 7-15 cm in diam., or tree to 18 m high and 20 cm in diam., sometimes shrub-like (l-)3-4 m high, rarely a climber (?). Leaves (1-) 2- or 3- (4-)foliolate, shortly petioled; petiole and rachis 0.5-2(-4) cm long, prolonged beyond the upper petiolule into a subulate tip c. 5 mm. Stipules intrapetiolar, falcate, 5-6 mm long, caducous. Inflorescences axillary, up to c. 10(-28) cm long, the rachis puberulous, moderately flowered; bracts subulate and long-drawn, or 3-lobed with the central lobe relobed and bristle-like, slightly hairy, up to c. 8 mm long, sometimes many, aggregate, surrounding the base of the peduncle and brush-like, (semi-)persistent, puberulous outside, slightly ciliate on the margins, those at the base of pedicels rather small, triangular, 0.3-1.5 mm long; bracteoles minute, triangular, c. 0.5 mm long; pedicels 3-5(-8) mm, articulated at the base, puberulous, Flowers puberulous outside, glabrous inside. Stamens (8-) 10; filaments 4-6 mm (or longer); anthers ellipsoid, c. 0.8 mm long. Seeds broadly ellipsoid or suborbicular, 2.6-3.3 by 2-2.4 cm, c. 1.2 cm thick, testa rusty scurfy, finely rugose.


Asia-Tropical: Borneo (Kalimantan present, Sabah present, Sarawak present)
Malesia: Borneo (Sabah, Sarawak, Kalimantan).


There is one collection (SAN 49887, K, L) which was recorded as a "woody climber clinging on an obah (i.e. Eugenia) tree." In Crudia reticulata, the nerves on the upper surface of the leaflets are often in slightly shallow grooves, horizontal or oblique and the distal ends joining together in a series of prominent arches up to c. 10 mm from the margin. The basal bracts of the peduncle are rather long (up to c. 8 mm), sometimes many, aggregate, (semi-)persistent, surrounding the base and bush-like. This kind of bracts is very characteristic for the present species.


Cockb. 1976: p. 160. – In: Trees Sabah: f. 33 upper left.
de Wit 1950: p. 426. – In: Bull. Bot. Gard. Buitenzorg: emend.