Knema pulchra

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Knema pulchra


Tree (2.5-)6-15 m. Leaves chartaceous or thinly coriaceous, elliptic-oblong to oblong-lanceolate, (20-)30-50 by (6-) 10-17 cm, base rounded or cordate, apex acute(-acuminate); Inflorescences: Fruits variable, 1 or 2 per infruc-tescence, subglobose to ellipsoid-oblong, ridged and sometimes slightly saccate at base or not, apex obtuse to subacute, (3-)4-6 by 2-3.5 cm, with hairs (0.1-)0.2 mm long, sometimes glabrescent;


Asia-Tropical: Borneo present (Brunei present, Kalimantan present, Sabah present, Sarawak present); Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present), Johore present, Trengganu present
Malesia: Peninsular Malaysia (Trengganu, Johore), Borneo (Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, Kalimantan).


Knema pulchra is close to the more slenderly built K. piriformis and possibly also related to K. oblongata, which differs in the conspicuous rusty indumentum on twigs, lower leaf surfaces, and flowers. In general habit, not in the shape of the flowers, it recalls K. kostermansiana, also a broad-leaved species.


W.J. de Wilde 1981 – In: Blumea. p 224
Warb. 2000 – In: Tree Fl. Sabah & Sarawak. p 439
W.J. de Wilde 1979 – In: Blumea. p 399