Zanthoxylum nitidum Roxb DC

[From Greek, zanthos = yellow and xylon = wood and nitidum = glossy]

Synonymy: Zanthoxylum hirtellum Ridl., Zanthoxylum torvum F. Muell., Fagara nitida Roxb.

Common name: Prickly ash; hantu duri (Malay).

Fig. 245. Zanthoxylum nitidum (Roxb.) DC.

Physical description: It is an aromatic climbing shrub of the rainforests of Malaysia, India, south China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. The bark is pale brown, smooth, and thin. The wood is light yellow. The stems are armed with solid woody prickles. Leaves: alternate and pinnate. The petiole is very narrowly winged. The blade consists of 5-9 pairs of folioles. The inflorescences are axillary panicles of little 4-5 merous flowers. The fruits consist of 4-5 follicles containing ovoid-subglobose glossy and blackish-brown seeds (Fig. 245).

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