Apodytes dimidiata E.Mey. ex Arn. - ICACINACEAE

Synonym : Apodytes cambodiana Pierre
Apodytes yunnanesis Hu
Apodytes benthamiana Wight
Apodytes beddomei Mast.
Apodytes javanica Koord. & Valeton
Apodytes tonkinensis Gagnep.

Common name : White pear

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Botanical descriptions Habitat and ecology Distribution

Botanical descriptions :

Diagnostic characters : Evergreen trees, bark smooth. Leaves simple, alternate, base asymmetrical. Flowers white, style attached to side of ovary. Fruit a fleshy drupe. Seed 1.
Habit : Small, evergreen tree up to 15 m tall.
Trunk & bark : Bole straight. Bark smooth, thin, dark brown.
Branches and branchlets or twigs : Twigs terete, glabrous.
Exudates : Exudate absent.
Leaves : Leaves simple, alternate and spiral, glabrous, narrowly ovate or elliptic, apex acute, base slightly asymmetric.
Midrib flat above, secondary veins oblique, widely parallel, tertiary veins reticulate.
Stipules absent.
Inflorescences or flowers : Flowers white arranged in an inflorescence, terminal or axillary, bisexual, pedicel shorter than 0.5 cm long.
Fruits : Fruit 0.7 - 1 cm, drupe, with scarlet appendage at base, not splitting.
Seeds : Seed 1.

Habitat and ecology :

Fairly common in evergreen forest.

Distribution :

Africa, Burma (Myanmar), China (Yunnan, Hainan), India (SW & Assam), Laos (Khammouan), Malesia, Thailand, Vietnam.

Remark/notes/uses :
The wood is used for cabinet work.

Specimens studied :
BT 24 and LAO 671 (Herbarium of Faculty of Sciences-NUoL, NHN-Leiden and CIRAD-Montpellier).

Literature :
Gardner S., Sidisunthorn P. & Anusarnsunthorn V. 2000. A field guide to Forest Trees of Northern Thailand. Kobfai Publishing Project. Bangkok. Thailand.

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