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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Kleinhovia hospita L.
Linnaeus, C. von (1763) Species Plantarum ed. 2: 1365. Type: Habitat in India orientali. Kelinhof horti Bot. cultor in Java.
White, granular stripes in the outer blaze. Lenticels in longitudinal lines. Deciduous, leafless for a period in October-November.
Leaf blades +/- cordate, about 10-20 x 6-20 cm, thin in texture, petioles about 8-16 cm long. Midrib and about 4-6 lateral veins radiating from the point of attachment of the petiole. Twig bark strong and fibrous when stripped. Stipules 5-10 mm long, gradually tapering to a point.
Sepals about 7 mm long. Petals about 5-6 mm long. One petal larger than the rest, +/- tubular, nectar producing, yellow and swollen at the apex. Stamens 15, staminal tube purple towards the apex. Disk cupular, lobed at the apex.
Cotyledons broadly ovate, as wide as long with 3-5 veins radiating from the petiole. First pair of leaves with toothed margins. Stipules narrowly triangular, about 0.5-1 mm long. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade cordate, apex acuminate, upper surface with a few scattered hairs at least along the midrib, main lateral veins and leaf blade margin; margin irregularly serrate; petiole and terminal bud clothed in short, prostrate hairs; stipules elongate-triangular.
Distribution and Ecology
This species may have medicinal properties, but it is also regarded as poisonous. (http://squid2.laughingsquid.net/hosts/herbweb.com /herbage/A14555.htm)
This species has been used medicinally in Malaysia. Cribb (1981).