Meliosma simplicifolia (Roxb.) Walp. - SABIACEAE

Basionym : Millingtonia simplicifolia Roxb.

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Botanical descriptions Habitat and ecology Distribution

Botanical descriptions :

Diagnostic characters : Evergreen trees, bark smooth, twigs glabrous. Flowers bisexual. Fruit a drupe.
Habit : Evergreen tree up to 15 m tall.
Trunk & bark : Bole straight, often short, bark pale grey to cream brown, smooth.
Branches and branchlets or twigs : Twigs terete, almost glabrous.
Exudates : Exudate absent.
Leaves : Leaves simple, alternate and spiral, glabrous or with some hairs on the midrib below, narrowly obovate or oblanceolate, apex acute, base acute, margin entire or toothed.
Midrib flat above, secondary veins oblique, widely parallel, tertiary veins net-like.
Stipules absent.
Inflorescences or flowers : Flowers white, arranged in a many-flowered inflorescence, terminal or in the upper axils, bisexual, pedicels up to 3 mm long.
Fruits : Fruit drupe, up to 0.5 cm in diameter, eventually splitting open, thinly fleshy.
Seeds : Seed 1.

Habitat and ecology :

Common in evergreen forest.

Distribution :

India (Sri Lanka, South-West), Burma (Myanmar), Nepal, Malaysia (Malaya), Indonesia (Sumatra), Thailand, Indochina, Laos (Khammouan).

Remark/notes/uses :
Wood is used for furniture.

Specimens studied :
BT 538, BT 543 (Herbarium of Faculty of Sciences, UNoL, NHN-Leiden and CIRAD-Montpellier).

Literature :
Beusekom, C.F. van.1971. A revision of Meliosma. Blumea 19: 355--529.

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