Knema globularia

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Knema globularia


Tree 5-20 m. Leaves membranous or thinly coriaceous, at first with indumentum mainly of stellate golden brown or grey hairs 0.1 mm long, early or late glabrescent, oblong to lanceolate, parallel-sided or broadest at or below the middle, 6-18(-24) by 1.5-4(-7) cm, apex acute or acuminate, base attenuate, rarely rounded; Inflorescences: Fruits 1-5 per infructescence, ellipsoid, subglobose, or sometimes ± pear-shaped, 1.2-2 by 1-1.5 cm, at first with grey-brown to rusty hairs 0.1-0.2 mm long, ± glabrescent, dry pericarp 2 mm thick;


Aceh present, Asia-Temperate: China South-Central (Yunnan present), Asia-Tropical: Cambodia (Cambodia present); Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present, Singapore present); Sumatera (Sumatera present); Thailand (Thailand present); Vietnam (Vietnam present), Burma present, NE India present, Riau present, W Java present
NE India (doubtful), China (Yunnan), Burma, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand; in Malesia: Sumatra (Aceh, Riau), most of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, W Java.


1 Specimens of K. globularia from the Asian continent, e.g. Thailand, may deviate by slightly larger male flowers, with buds 3.5-5 mm in diameter. Specimens from Vietnam have large fruits, 2.5 by 2 cm. 2 Knema globularia seems related to K. attenuata from the Indian Peninsula; through K. globulateria from Thailand it is connected with the Malesian K. latericia, the latter differing, e.g., in flaking bark of twigs, and convex staminal disc.


1793: 742
Warb. 1897: Mon. Myrist: 593: t. 25
RidL 1924 – In: Fl. Malay Penins.: 71
Gamble 1912 – In: Mat. Fl. Malay Penins.: 247
Merr. 1935 – In: Trans. Amer. Phil. Soc.: 163
J. Sinclair 1961: p. 325. – In: Gard. Bull. Sing.: 214
Lecomte 1909 – In: Not. Syst.: 101
Kurz 1877 – In: For. Fl. Brit. Burma: 284
W.J. de Wilde 1987: p. 120. – In: Blumea: f. 2
J. Sinclair 1958: p. 325. – In: Gard. Bull. Sing.: f. 18
W.J. de Wilde 1979 – In: Blumea: 411
Corner 1940: Wayside Trees: 477: f. 159,161
A. DC 1856 – In: Prodr.: 205
auct. non Jack: Hook. f. & Thomson 1886 – In: FI. Brit. India: 111
Lour. 1914: p. 105. – In: Fl. Indo-Chine: f. 10,14