Lepisanthes divaricata

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Lepisanthes divaricata


Small tree, up to 7 m high, or shrub. Leaves pari- or imparipinnate, (3-)7-ll(-16)-jugate, 25-40 cm long, the axial parts ferrugineous or fulvous short-hairy, glabrescent; Inflorescences terminal and in the upper leaf-axils, pyramidal, up to more than 40 cm long, glabrous to fulvous short-hairy, repeatedly branched; Flowers (orange-)yellow. Sepals sparsely (outer) to densely (inner), partly glan-dular ciliolate, outer two broad-ovate to obovate, 1.8-2.2 by 1.2 mm, inner suborbicular to ovate, 1.8- 3.5 by 1.8-2.2 mm. Petals distinctly clawed, completely long-hairy, blade transversely semi-el-liptic, 0.7-1.5 by 1.2-2 mm, auricled at base. Stamens 5-8; Ovary 2-or 3-celled, glabrous to thinly appressed-hairy; Fruits slightly 2- or 3-lohed, 2-3 by 2-3 cm, hardly pointed, smooth and; Seeds obovoid, hilum elliptic, 3 mm long.


Asia-Tropical: Borneo present, Sarawak: near Kucring present
Malesia: Borneo (Sarawak: near Kucring).


1. The species seems closest to L. amoena.
2. A few specimens are intermediate between the two forms. Native collector 375, the type of Otophora pyramidalis, comes near f. lunduensis but has the ovary 2-celled; Daun (Haviland) 917 and Daun (Haviland) s.n. (herb. SING 23156) look like f. divaricata but have a 3-celled ovary and small pseudo-stipules, whereas Daun (Haviland) s.n., moreover, lacks the terminal leaflet.
The following two forms can be distinguished: forma divaricata and forma lunduensis (Radlk.) Leenh.


Radlk. 1932 – In: Engl., Pflanzenr. 98. p 769
Radlk. 1932 – In: Engl., Pflanzenr. 98. p 759
Radlk. 1932 – In: Engl., Pflanzenr. 98. p 758
Radlk. 1934 – In: Engl., Pflanzenr. 98. p 1494