Lepidaria bicarinata

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Lepidaria bicarinata


Glabrous. Leaves opposite; lamina ovate to rarely obovate, 12-24 by 5-11 cm, cuneate at the base to a petiole 8-20 mm long, attenuate and finally acute to rounded at the apex, lustrous or dull green above, dull and brownish below; venation pinnate with the midrib and the main laterals distinct on both sides and the midrib prominent and often dark coloured below. Inflorescences at the nodes, a subsessile involucrate capitate spike of usually 6 decussate pairs of flowers; involucre 35-50 mm long, mostly red, sometimes yellow at the base, comprising c. 14 pairs of bracts, the longer ones keeled, smooth or slightly undulate below the apex; floral axis 5-10 mm long; lateral bracts enclosing the flowers c. 25 mm long, keeled, acute.


Asia-Tropical: Borneo (Sarawak present); Sumatera (Sumatera present)
Malesia: Sumatra, Borneo (Sarawak).


Van Tieghem's derivation of the original spelling of the specific epithet from the French 'carène' (keel) was apparently an unintentional error, and was validly corrected by later authors.