Rinorea virgata

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Rinorea virgata


Dioecious; Growth apparently in flushes. Branchlets terete, with longitudinal ridges of brown-grey bark; Leaves generally distichous, on the same plant variable. Stipules triangular to subulate, 1-2 mm long, brownish. Sepals more or less equal, thin, often triangular, 1-2 by ¾-1 mm, sometimes hairy. Petals thin, 1¾-3½ by ¾-1½ mm, glabrous, sometimes the top recurved, the margin sometimes undulate. Fruit before dehiscence (sub)globose, c. 1 cm ø, after dehiscence valves spreading, olive-green, leathery, veined. Seeds subglobose, 2½-3 by 2-2½ mm, even straw-coloured, with distinct raphe.


Asia-Temperate: Hainan (Hainan present), Asia-Tropical: Laos (Laos present), Burma, NE. part present, Ceylon present, Perlis present, S. Vietnam present, near Pak Lay W of Vientiane present, not in the E. part present, scattered present, very NW of the Malay Peninsula present
Ceylon; Burma, NE. part: LACE 5462; Siam (scattered, not in the E. part); Laos (near Pak Lay W of Vientiane: KINGDON WARD 9026); S. Vietnam (scattered S of 12°30’); Hainan. In Malesia: Perlis in the very NW of the Malay Peninsula.


A shrub (0.2-)0.5-1.5(-4) m, rarely a tree 2 m. Leaves paler green beneath. Flowers white.


JACOBS 1967 – In: Blumea: 135
Ridl. 1922 – In: Fl. Mal. Pen.: 131