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Hunteria zeylanica (Retz.) Gard. ex Thw. Enum.


Description from Flora of China

Cameraria zeylanica Retzius, Observ. Bot. 4: 24. 1786; Hunteria corymbosa Roxburgh.

Trees to 15 m tall. Trunk often fluted; branches slender, glabrous. Petiole 1-1.5 cm; leaf blade oblong, elliptic, or narrowly ovate, 5-18 X 1-9 cm, base broadly cuneate to rounded, apex acuminate; lateral veins more than 30 pairs, subparallel, joining marginal veins. Flowers strongly fragrant, white. Pedicel usually longer than calyx. Sepals ovate, 1.5-1.7 mm, acute. Corolla tube 7-10 mm, pubescent inside. Berries yellow, globose, usually paired, 1-2 cm in diam. Seeds brownish, ovoid, ca. 1.2 cm X 8 mm. Fl. Apr-Sep, fr. May-Dec. 2n = 22.

The leaves are used externally for the treatment of wounds and cuts, the fruit are edible, and the wood is used for making chopsticks in Hainan.

Dense montane forests; low to middle elevations. Hainan [India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam; E Africa]


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