Crudia caudata

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Crudia caudata


Tree 25 m high. Leaves (4-)6-8-foliolate, shortly petioled; petiole and rachis up to 10 cm long, ending in a subulate tip (up to 10 mm long), rusty tomentose. Stipules more or less intrapetiolar, triangular to lanceolate, up to 7 (-13) mm long. Inflorescences axillary or terminal, usually erect, up to c. 15 cm long, the rachis rusty tomentose, rather densely flowered; bracts ovate to lanceolate, sometimes oblanceolate, (5-)7-9 mm long, pubescent outside and glabrous inside, some of them 3-lobed and the central lobe imparipinnately relobed; bracteoles lanceolate or spoon-shaped, 6-9 mm long, almost enclosing the bud; pedicels 10-15 mm, pubescent, articulated at the apex. Flowers pubescent outside. Stamens 10, or rarely 9; filaments unequal in length, up to c. 15 mm; anthers 0.75 mm long. Seeds shortly oblong, broadly elliptic, or rounded, flat, 3-4 by 2-3 cm.


Asia-Tropical: Borneo (Sarawak present), Johore present, Peninsula present, Trengganu present, W Kalimantan present
Thailand (Peninsula, once collected); in Malesia: Malaya (Trengganu, Johore), Borneo (Sarawak, W Kalimantan)..Thailand (Peninsula)


Specimens of this species can be easily distinguished from others in this genus by the caudate leaf apex, as alluded by the specific epithet, and (densely) rusty tomentose young branchlets, leaf undersurface (especially on the midrib), leaf rachises and inflorescences. The plants which were in the past cultivated in the Botanic Garden of Bogor, Java, have died. The ovary is not 1-ovuled (cf. J.E. Vidal 1984: 92); it is actually (4-)6-ovuled.


J.E. Vidal 1984 – In: Fl. Thailand: 92.
de Wit 1950 – In: Bull. Bot. Gard. Buitenzorg: 422
Whitmore 1972 – In: Tree Fl. Malaya: 249