Weinmannia blumei Planch

[After JW Weinmann, a German herbalist of the 17th century and after Carl Ludwig von Blumen, early 18th century taxonomist]

Synonymy: Weinmannia ledermannii Schlechter, Weinmannia papuana Schlechter, Weinmannia sundana Miq.

Common names: Malayan mountain ash, ki ringgit (Indonesian); sumusilan (Malay).

Uses: Indonesians use the bark of Weinmannia blumei Planch. as an astringent remedy. The pharmacological potential of this plant is unexplored. Note that honeys of Weinmannia racemosa contain unusual terpenes.

Fig. 146. Weinmannia blumei Planch. From: KLU 23704. Flora of Malaya. Herbarium Australiense C.S.I.R.O, Canberra, A.C.T. (CANB). Field collector and botanical identification.: RD Hoogland. 27 Mar 1975. Geographical Localization: common in forest on steep slope, altitude: 3700 ft. Bukit Fraser, along Road from the Gap, Selangor, Malaysia.

Physical description: It is a tree which grows to a height of 12 m in the rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia. The stems are smooth, lenticelled, somewhat articulate, and dark brown. The wood is reddish-brown. Leaves: simple, decussate and stipulate. The stipules are interpetiolar, kidney-shaped, 9 mm x 5mm-2.3cm x 1.5 cm, and

Fig. 146. Weinmannia blumei Planch. From: KLU 23704. Flora of Malaya. Herbarium Australiense C.S.I.R.O, Canberra, A.C.T. (CANB). Field collector and botanical identification.: RD Hoogland. 27 Mar 1975. Geographical Localization: common in forest on steep slope, altitude: 3700 ft. Bukit Fraser, along Road from the Gap, Selangor, Malaysia.

leathery. The rachis is somewhat articulate, 7cm-11.3cm long and microscopically hairy. The folioles are sessile, opposite, lanceolate, serrate, asymmetrical, leathery, 1.1 cm-3.5cm x 4cm-12cm, and smaller toward the base of the rachis. The midrib is sunken above and raised below, and the secondary nerves are about a dozen. The inflorescences are pinkish, profusely blooming and showy. The calyx comprises of 4 sepals which are 1 mm long, hairy at the base and orbicular. The petals are 1 cm x 5 mm and glabrous. The andrecium is showy and comprises of 8 stamens, among which a few are aborted (Fig. 146).

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