Horsfieldia superba

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Horsfieldia superba


Tree 10-30 m. Leaves usually in 2, sometimes in 3 rows (see note 2), coriaceous, (elliptic-)oblong, (17—)25— 40(-70) by (7.5-) 10-18(-22) cm, base narrowly subcordate to short-attenuate, apex ± blunt to acute-acuminate; Inflorescences behind the leaves, with ± dense, woolly, long-branched yellowish brown dendroid hairs 0.5-1 mm long; Fruits 1-3 per infructescence, broadly ovoid-ellipsoid, 3.8-5.5 by 2.8-4.5 cm, glabrous, ± coarsely warty and wrinkled, pericarp 8-12 mm thick;


Asia-Tropical: Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present, Singapore present); Sumatera (Sumatera present)
Malesia: Sumatra (Central, West), Peninsular Malaysia (almost all states), Singapore.


3 Sterile H. superba may be confused with Gymnacranther a bancana, also with a stout habit and remaining indumentum on the twig apex and the lower leaf surface, but its hairs are much more interwoven forming a thin felty mat; in H. superba the lower leaf surface is covered with harsh, stellate-dendroid hairs. 1 Related to FL. fulva on account of the oblong or obovoid male perianth and oblong staminal column. 2 By way of exception the leaves, also in fertile twigs, are arranged in three rows.


Corner 1940: Wayside Trees: 476
J. Sinclair 1975: p. 393. – In: Gard. Bull. Sing.: 141
Miq. 1858 – In: Fl. Ind. Bat.: 62
Hook, f. 1886 – In: Fl. Brit. India: 105
J. Sinclair 1958: p. 393. – In: Gard. Bull. Sing.: f. 36, pl. X-B
A.DC. 1856 – In: Prodr.: 194
King 1891: p. 298. – In: Ann. Roy. Bot. Gard. Cale.: pl. 124bis, 125bis.
W. J. de Wilde – In: Gard. Bull. Sing.: 200
Corner 1952: Wayside Trees: 476