Melodinus

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Melodinus

Description

Climbers, mostly large woody lianas. Leaves opposite; Inflorescence a cyme; Sepals of free lobes, without colleters inside. Stamens free from style head, completely included in tube; Ovary syncarpous, bilocular, with numerous ovules, glabrous; Fruit a hard-walled solitary berry. Seeds ellipsoid, flattened;

Distribution

Asia-Tropical, the Himalayas and Southern China through Southeast Asia and throughout Malesia to Australia, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji present
Approximately 25 species from the Himalayas and Southern China through Southeast Asia and throughout Malesia to Australia, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji; in Malesia 9 species.

Morphology

The corolla lobes are frequently strongly asymmetrical with a projection to the right as viewed from the outside. Dimensions for lobe length and width below include this projection in the figure given for the corolla width except in M. densestriatus where the projection appears as almost a caudate apex on the corolla lobe so it is included in the corolla length. In the key below the projection should always be included in the corolla width when calculating a corolla lobe ratio and this character is not used to key out M. densestriatus.

Citation

D.J. Middleton 1999 – In: Fl. Thailand. p 14
Backer & Bakh.f. 1965 – In: Fl. Java. p 221
Pichon 1948 – In: Mém. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. p 125
Lý 1986 – In: Feddes Repert. p 410
A.DC. 1844 – In: Prodr. p 329
D.J. Middleton 2004 – In: Tree Fl. Sabah & Sarawak. p 11
Markgr. 1971 – In: Blumea. p 150
Tsiang & P.T. Li 1977 – In: Fl. Reipubl. Popularis Sin. p 17
Pit. 1933 – In: Lecomte, Fl. Indo-Chine 3. p 1100
Benth. & Hook.f. 1876 – In: Gen. Pl. p 694
K. Schum. 1895 – In: Engl. & Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam. 4. p 123
P.T. Li et al. 1995 – In: Fl. China. p 147
Leeuwenb. 2003 – In: Syst. Geogr. Pl. p 4
P.I. Forst. 1996 – In: Fl. Australia. p 111