Lepisanthes kinabaluensis

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Lepisanthes kinabaluensis


Tree, up to 10 m high, or shrub. Leaves imparipinnate, 7-14-jugate, up to 75 cm long, axial parts hairy like the young twigs; Inflorescences terminal, pyramidal, c. 25 cm high, red, densely short-hairy to subglabrous; Sepals deep rose red, sparsely ciliolate in the apical part, outer 2 ovate, 3.5-5 by 2.5-3 mm, inner 3 elliptic to orbicular, 4-5 by 2.5-5 mm, especially the inner ones rather thin and probably for the greater part peta-loid, sometimes more or less grading to the petals. Petals 4, 0.5 mm clawed, outside pink, towards the base more red, inside whitish, claw and base of blade ciliate, upper part sparsely ciliolate, further glabrous or outside appressed hairy, plate wide-rhomboid, 2.5 by 3.5 mm, scale bilobed or the lateral parts reflexed, the centre erect and hood-shaped, 2/5 as long as the blade. Stamens 7-10; Ovary 3-celled, 3-angular-obovoid, 3-lobed, glabrous; Fruits 3-lobed, often 1 or 2 parts not developed, then style nearly basal, lobes spreading, ellipsoid, 3.2 by 2.2 cm, scabrous, glabrous, reported brown, yellow, orange, or purplish-red when ripe.


Asia-Tropical: Borneo present, Mt Kinabalu, Crocker Range present
Malesia: Borneo (Mt Kinabalu, Crocker Range).


Apparently nearest to L. multijuga, and like that species different from L. amoena mainly by the deeply 3-lobed fruits.