Brassaiopsis polyacantha

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Brassaiopsis polyacantha


A small sparsely branched tree with buttresses, to c. 13 m; Leaves palmately lobed, clustered at the ends of the shoots; Inflorescence a large panicle often overtopped by sympodial innovations; Petals 5, triangular, 2.5 mm long. Stamens 2 mm long, anthers oblong, 1 mm. Ovary obconic, c. 2 mm high; Fruit globose, 6-8 mm ø, with a persistent calyx rim and stylar column.


Andamans present, Asia-Tropical: India present; Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present), Burma present, Kedah present, Nepal present, Pahang present, SE. Asia present, Selangor present
Widespread in SE. Asia (India, Nepal, Burma, Andamans); in Malesia: Malay Peninsula (from Kedah to Selangor and Pahang).


The inflorescence is similar to that of 5. B. glomerulata but the leaves of these two species cannot be confused.


King 1898 – In: J. As. Soc. Beng.: 61
Stone 1977 – In: Gard. Bull. Sing.: 282
Ridl. 1922 – In: Fl. Mal. Pen.: 887
Roxb. 1832 – In: Fl. Ind., ed. Carey: 74
Clarke 1879 – In: Fl. Br. Ind.: 735