Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Bridelia insulana Hance
Hance, H.F. (1877) J. Bot. 15: 337. Type: Cochinchina, in ins. Phukok, Feb. 1874, Pierre 19762; holo: BM, iso: K, P. Fide Forster (1999).
Birch, Grey; Grey Birch
Seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh.
Leaf blades to about 23 x 9 cm. Petioles short, about 0.5-0.7 cm, dark and transversely wrinkled. Leaves tending to be alternate and not spirally arranged on the twig.
Fruit about 5-10 x 3-6 mm. Cotyledons rolled lengthwise to form an open sided cylinder +/- U-shaped in transverse section.
Cotyledons broadly bilobed at the apex. At the tenth leaf stage: hairs on the underside of the leaf blade short and pale; a few hairs occur along the midrib on the upper surface of the leaf blade; stipules narrowly triangular. Seed germination time 15 to 16 days.
Distribution and Ecology
Briedelia penangiana Hook.f., The Flora of British India 5 : 272(1888), Type: PENANG; on Government Hill, Curtis. Briedelia minutiflora Hook.f., The Flora of British India 5 : 273(1888), Type: TENASSERIM, at Mergui, Griffith.
DISTRIB. Celebes, Riedel; Borneo (Beccari No. 2837, Motley, Barber).
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