Pottsia laxiflora Bl O Ktze

[After John Potts, a 19th century gardener and collector in China and Bengal forthe Horticultural Society of London; and from Latin, laxus = lax and flores = flower]

Synonymy: Pottsia cantoniensis Hook. & Arn.

Common names: Tembelekan (Javanese).

Uses: In China, the leaves of Pottsia laxiflora (Bl.) O. Ktze. are used to heal boils. It will be interesting to learn whether a study of this plant will reveal any molecules of therapeutic interest.

Fig. 271. Pottsia laxiflora (Bl.) O. Ktze. From: KLU 36705. Field collector: Kai and Supee S Larsen. Geographical localization: Southeast of Kanchanaburi, West of Sri Sawat. Botanical identification: Middleton, 1995.

Physical description: It is a slender, laticiferous climber of tropical Asia. The stems are terete and pubescent. Leaves: simple, decussate and without stipules. The petiole is 2 cm long. The blade is oblong-lanceolate, papery, 5cm-8cm x 3 cm x 2.5 cm and show 6 pairs of secondary nerves. The apex of the blade is acuminate. The inflorescences are lax axillary panicles. The flowers are 8 mm long. The calyx is indistinctly 5-lobed. The corolla is tubular, 5-lobed and reddish. The anthers are connate and showy. The fruits consist of pairs of linear follicles containing comose seeds (Fig. 271).

Fig. 271. Pottsia laxiflora (Bl.) O. Ktze. From: KLU 36705. Field collector: Kai and Supee S Larsen. Geographical localization: Southeast of Kanchanaburi, West of Sri Sawat. Botanical identification: Middleton, 1995.

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