Botanical name: Leea robusta Family: Vitaceae (Grape family)
Synonyms: Leea aspera
Robust Leea is a large shrub with 1-3-compound leaves. Leaflets are 5 or 7, up to 28 x 12 cm, oblong, pointed, rounded at base, toothed, velvet-hairy along nerves. Nerves are 14 pairs, nervules parallel. Stalks of leaflets are 3 cm long. Flower cymes are borne in leaf axils, 10 cm across, carried on stalks up to 12 cm long. Branches are hairy. Flowers are green, 5 mm across, larger than in most other species of the genus. Sepals are ovate, pointed. Petals are 2 mm long. Bracts are large, persistent. Capsule is 6 mm across, black. Robust Leea is found in Eastern Himalayas and Western Ghats, up 1500 m.
Identification credit: Prashant Awale, Gurumurthi Hegde, Shrikant Ingalhalikar
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