Java Illigera
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Java Illigera
P Native Photo: Aditya Gadkari
Common name: Java Illigera
Botanical name: Illigera appendiculata    Family: Hernandiaceae (Hernandia family)

Java Illigera is a climber 13-26 m tall. Leaves are trifoliate, carried on leaf-stalks about 7 cm long. Leaflets are membranous, oblong, tip round, pointed or tapering, base wedge-shaped or round, hairless above, finely velvet-hairy or hairless beneath; nerves 2-3 pairs; 7-13 cm long, 4-10 cm wide; leaflet-stalks 0.5-1.5 cm long. Flowers are borne in lax panicles, 12-37 cm long, 7 cm (or more) across, velvet-hairy. Flowers are 5 mm long, rose-pink, in cymes on branch ends. Sepal-cup is finely velvet-hairy. Fruit is narrow oblong, wings 2, reddish, broad, flat, rounded, 7 cm long, 3.7 cm wide. Java Illigera is native to Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Sumatra, and probably Andaman & Nicobar.

Identification credit: Navendu Pagé Photographed in Mount Harriet National Park, Andaman & Nicobar.

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