Turraea pubescens Hell.
Hellenius, C.N. (1788) Kongl. Vetenskaps Academiens Nya Handlingar 9: 309. Type: China, Hainan, J.T. Fagraeus s.n. The plate associatedwith the type description, t. 10, fig. 3.
A small tree seldom exceeding 20 cm dbh. Inner blaze finely layered. Blaze odour noticeable but difficult to describe.
Inflorescences longer than the leaves. Pedicels about 7-8 mm long. Calyx pubescent on the outer surface, tube about 1.5 mm long, lobes narrow, about 1 mm long. Petals glabrous, about 22-27 mm long. Staminal tube about 20-25 mm long, lobed or fringed at the apex, anthers +/- sessile, rostrate. Disk +/- cupular, small and inconspicuous. Ovary about 1 mm long. Style about 16 mm long, stigma about 2.5 mm long.
Cotyledons obovate, 13-20 mm long with a few hairs towards the base. First few leaves usually toothed or lobed. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade obovate or elliptic, apex acute, base cuneate or attenuate, hairy on the upper surface, underside sometimes with domatia (tufts of hairs); petiole hairy. Seed germination time 51 to 304 days.
This deciduous shrub to small tree has great horticultural potential for tropical gardens. Masses of cream flowers are produced just before the new leaves.