Cyclea cauliflora

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Cyclea cauliflora


Slender climber. Leaves:


Asia-Tropical: Philippines (Philippines present), Catenduanes present, Leyte present, Luzon present, Mindoro present, Negros present
Malesia: Philippines (Luzon, Mindoro, Catenduanes, Leyte, Negros).


In the specimens of RAMOS & EDAÑO 28836 and 75112 which I have examined, the long male inflorescences have been coiled round with leafy stems in such a manner that it is extremely diffi-cult to follow the course of the inflorescences and their branches. It seems probable that the apparently long (up to 120 cm) flowering shoots really represent a succession of axillary panicles from which the sub-tending leaves have fallen. There are several un-doubtedly axillary inflorescences about 15 cm long.
In the two specimens of RAMOS 41103 which I have seen, the female inflorescences are completely de-tached, and their position on the plant is uncertain.
Cyclea apoensis YAMAMOTO, Trans. Nat. Hist. Soc. Taiwan 34 (1944) 312 is probably a synonym of this species. The type (ELMER 11272, Mindanao) with very young fruits has narrower leaves.


FORMAN 1960 – In: Kew Bull.: 74
Merr. 1926 – In: En. Philip.: 248