Filicium decipiens

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Filicium decipiens


Trees. Leaves alternate, paripinnate, 5-many-jugate, rachis (broadly) winged. Inflorescences axillary to pseudoterminal panicles. Flowers unisexual. Sepals 5, equal, ovate, ciliate, with scale hairs outside. Petals 5, elliptic, about as large as sepals, ciliate; Stamens 5, glabrous, exserted in male flowers, anthers not opening in female flowers. Ovary compressed-globose, finely hairy at base, 2-locular, rudimentary in male flowers; Fruit a drupe, smooth, glabrous, thin-walled. Seeds without fleshy structure.


Asia-Tropical: Jawa (Jawa cultivated); Lesser Sunda Is. cultivated; Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka), Pantropical cultivated, S India
Indigenous in S India and Sri Lanka, but now a pantropical ornamental. In Malesia locally cultivated as an ornamental (e.g. street tree) in Java and the Lesser Sunda Islands.


Radlk. 1933 – In: Engl., Pflanzenr. 98: 1427
Backer & Bakh. f. 1965 – In: Fl. Java: 142