Dillenia excelsa Jack Gilg

[After J J Dillenius (1684-1747), a German botanist; and from Latin, celsus = lofty]

shows about 15 pairs of secondary nerves which are prominently raised above and below. The tertiary nerves are raised below the blade. The inflorescences are terminal cymes of fragrant flowers which are globose in buds, 1.5 cm in diameter and velvety. The calyx comprises of 5 ovate, 1 cm-2 cm x 9 mm-1 cm sepals which are velvety on the outside. The corolla consists of 5 petals which are very thin, nerved, yellow, measuring 4 cm x 2.5 cm. The stamens are numerous, linear and light mauve and the anthers are 7 mm long. The gynecium consists of 4, 1.5 cm x 5 mm, light mauve and free carpels (Fig. 81).

Warning: Caution must be taken as the toxic effects of this plant are unknown.

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