Mapania longiflora

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Mapania longiflora


Leaves coriaceous, linear, only slightly narrowed below, gradually narrowed upwards to the very slender, triquetrous, very scabrous tip, with 3 prominent nerves (the midnerve prominent beneath, scabrous, the lateral nerves prominent above), with aculeate-scabrous margins throughout their length, pale green or glaucous, 60-120 by 1½-2½ cm; Inflorescence capitate, seemingly consisting of a single spikelet because of the large, erect involucral bracts hiding the few to several densely packed spikelets inside, ellipsoid, obtuse, terete, (2-)2½−4½ by (1-)1½−2 cm. Flowers as long as the glumes, the lower ones often sterile or male, only the upper ones fructiferous;


Asia-Tropical: Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present, Singapore present), Banjermasin present, Batulitjin present, Bukit Timah present, E. Borneo present, E. Kutei present, Nunukan present, Sungei Susuk region present
Malesia: Malay Peninsula (Singapore: Bukit Timah), E. Borneo (Nunukan; E. Kutei: Sungei Susuk region; Banjermasin, Batulitjin).


UITTIEN placed M. longiflora next to M. enodis, M. squamata, etc. These are certainly not its nearest allies because of the quite different structure of the inflorescence.


UITTIEN 1936 – In: Rec. Trav. Bot. Néerl.: 146
Clarke 1909: Ill. Cyp.: f. 7-13
Merr. 1921: En. Born.: 64