Botanical descriptions Habitat and ecology Distribution
|Diagnostic characters :||Large deciduous trees, bark deeply fissured. Twigs densely covered with brown hairs. Exudate resinous. Stipules extra-petiolar, pink, sheathing leaving an annular scar. Inflorescence axillary, flowers pink, corolla lobes contorted. Fruit a winged nut with 2 long and 3 short wings.|
|Habit :||Deciduous tree up to 30 m. tall, branches ascending or horizontally to the main trunk.|
|Trunk & bark :||Bole straight. Bark dark grey, deeply fissured.|
|Branches and branchlets or twigs :||Twigs angular or terete, densely covered with long bristly hairs.|
|Exudates :||Exudate resinous.|
|Leaves :||Leaves simple, alternate and spiral, drying brownish, broadly elliptic, apex obtuse, base rounded or somewhat heart-shaped, margin entire, undulate, below hirsute stellate when young, glabrous when mature.|
Midrib canaliculated above, primary vein single, secondary veins oblique to the midrib, widely parallel, tertiary veins oblique.
Stipules present, large, soon falling off, leaving an annular scar on the twig.
|Inflorescences or flowers :||Flowers arranged in an inflorescence, axillary, bisexual, pedicel longer than 0.5 cm long.|
|Fruits :||Fruit 2.5 – 3.5 cm in diameter, globose, a 5-winged nut, glabrous when ripe.|
|Seeds :||Seed one.|
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