Saraca hullettii

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Saraca hullettii


Tree to 20 m tall and 30 cm in diam. Leaves 2- or 3-jugate, subsessile or shortly petioled, petiole and rachis 3-16 cm long. Inflorescences 5-20 cm wide, puberulent, main branches 7-14 cm long; bracts and bracteoles ovate or broadly elliptic, 5-10 by 4-8 mm, glabrous, spreading, persistent; pedicels 22-30 mm, the length between bracteoles and flower 5-11 mm. Flowers orange yellow or orange, turning to deep crimson, sweet scented, articulated near the base, glabrous outside. Stamens 4, rarely 3; staminodes absent; filaments 15-25 mm, glabrous; anthers broadly ovoid, c. 0.75 mm long. Seeds (young) ovoid, c. 1.5 by 1 cm.


Asia-Tropical: Borneo (Brunei present, Kalimantan present, Sabah present, Sarawak present)
Malesia: Borneo (Sarawak, Sabah, Brunei, Kalimantan).


The present species is the only one known in this genus with a 2-ovuled ovary while the others have an ovary with (4-)6-12 ovules. Saraca hullettii can be easily recognized with fertile material by the following characters: 1) leaves 2- or 3-jugate, 2) bracteoles persistent, 3) hypanthium (or calyx tube) short, 3-7 mm long, about the same length as or slightly longer than the calyx lobes, 4) ovary 2-ovuled, and 5) pods suborbicular, shortly oblong, ovoid, or subovoid, 4-8 by 3-4 cm, and 1- or 2-seeded.


Zuijderh. 1968: p. 418. – In: Blumea: map 1.
Ridley 1938: Kew Bull.: 278