Trithecanthera xiphostachya

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Trithecanthera xiphostachya


Glabrous. Leaves in whorls of 4; lamina narrowly ovate to oblong, 20-30 by 8-11 cm, thick, truncate to slightly cordate at the base to a petiole 20-30 mm long, attenuate and acute at the apex, dull on both sides; venation pinnate with the midrib distinct above and prominent below and the main laterals faintly visible on both sides. Inflorescences at the nodes, a spike of many flowers in oblique whorls; axis 240-360 mm long, c. 10 mm thick at the base, thinner above, with a non-flowerbearing basal part 5-10 mm long, with a sterile tip 150-240 mm long.


Asia-Tropical: Borneo present
Malesia: Borneo.


used the epithet xiphostachys, treating Van Tieghem's xiphostachya as an orthographic error. In view of Van Tieghem's Latin and Greek expertise, it is assumed that his use of the adjectival epithet was intentional, and it is followed here.