Micrechites serpyllifolius

Micrechites serpyllifolius (Blume) P.I. Forster

Recent Synonyms: Ichnocarpus serpyllifolius (Blume) P.I. Forst.

Status: Native; Critically endangered

Growth Form or Habit: Climber.

DPP_00003

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, 2011.

Leaves: Simple; Opposite; Coriaceous, rarely subcoriaceous. Petiole hairless or minutely pubescent.

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Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, 2011.

Branch: Sparsely villous, minutely pubescent or hairless; becoming hairless with age; pores for gaseous exchange.

Flower: Cream colour; Inflorescence axillary and terminal.

Fruit: Hairless.

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Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, 2011.

Habitat: Forest from sea level up to 1300m.

Occurrence: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

Distribution: Thailand, Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Java, Philippines, Sulawesi.

Use: Harvest for non-commercial rubber before widespread of Hevea brasiliensis.

Reference:

Ridley, H. N. (1967) The Flora of Malay Peninsula. A. Asher & Co. Amsterdam. 672 pp.

Middleton D. J. (2009) An update on the Apocynaceae in Thailand. Thai Forest Bulletin (Botany), Special Issue: 143-155. Available online [PDF]

Middleton D.J. (2007). Apocynaceae (subfamilies Rauvolfioideae and Apocynoideae). Flora Malesiana, Series I, 18: 1-474pp. Available online [htm]

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