Rourea minor Gaertn Leenh

[After Aroura in French Guiana and from Latin, minor = less]

Synonymy: Rourea erecta (Blco.) Merr., Rourea humilis Bl., Rourea microphylla Planch., Santaloides floridum O. Ktze., Santaloides pulchellum O. Ktze.

Fig. 144. Rourea minor (Gaertn.) Leenh.

Physical description: It is a large woody vine or shrub found in India, Ceylon, South China, and Indonesia. The young stems are hairy. Leaves: simple or pinnate. The petiolules are 2mm-6mm long. The folioles are 1 cm-25 cm x 5 mm-10 cm. The blade is suborbicular or ovate or lanceolate, and thinly coriaceous, acuminate at the apex and acute or cordate at the base. The folioles show 4-10 pairs of secondary nerves. The inflorescences are 20 cm long racemes which are laxly branched, multi-flowered and glabrous. The calyx consists of 5 sepals which are 2 mm-4 mm long. The corolla consists of 5 petals which are 4 mm-7.5 mm long. The fruits are oblique-ovoid and 1cm-3cm x 3 mm-10 mm follicles (Fig. 144).

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