Ellipanthus beccarii Pierre, Fl. Coch. 5 (1898)

Named after Odoardo Beccarii [1843-1920], an Italian botanist.

Dichapetalum tetramerum Ridl.
Ellipanthus beccarii var. peltatus (Schellenb.) Leenh.
Ellipanthus mindanaensis (non Merr.) Merr.
Ellipanthus beccarii var. peltatus (Schellenb.) Leenh.
Ellipanthus peltatus (Schellenb.) Boerl. & Koord. ex Schellenb.
Pseudellipanthus beccarii Schellenb.
Pseudellipanthus peltatus Schellenb.

Understorey tree up to 16 m tall and 19 cm dbh. Twigs densely hairy, but turning glabrous when older. Leaves alternate, simple, penni-veined, base slightly peltate. Flowers ca. 3 mm in diameter, white-yellowish, usually 4 merous, dioecious, placed in axillary bundles. Fruits ca. 18 mm long, green-brown, dry pod, seeds with aril.

Shrub or small tree, up to c. 16 m by 19 cm. Branchlets ferruginous-tomentose when young, glabrescent. Petioles 0.5-1.3 cm. Leaves elliptic or elliptic-ovate to lanceolate, 7.5-18 by 3.5-5.5 cm, herbaceous to thin-coriaceous, glabrous above (sometimes the midrib and the bases of the nerves excepted), more or less densely ferruginous pubescent beneath; base rounded, peltate or not; apex acuminate; nerves 8-11(-14) pairs, faintly curved, distinctly looped and joined. Inflorescences axillary, glomerulous, 0.5-1 cm, few-flowered, densely pilose. Flowers unisexual (dioecious), 4(-5)-merous. Sepals narrowly deltoid to linear, 2-2.5 mm long, inside subglabrous. Petals elliptic, blunt, c. 4 by l.5 mm, outside pilose, inside in the upper half densely tomentose. Stamens in the basal half pilose, in male flowers 3.5 mm long, the tube 0.8 mm, in female flowers 1-2 mm, the tube 0.5 mm; the staminodes glabrous, not rarely absent. Pistil in male flowers moderately reduced to fully absent. Infructescences with a few fruits only. Fruits shortly stipitate (0.3-0.8 cm), about 90 degrees geniculate, the fertile part blunt-triangular, c. 1.5 by 1 cm, smooth. Seed with a minute cupular sarcotesta. [from Flora Malesiana]

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, keranga and peat swamp forests up to 900 m altitude. Mostly on alluvial sites, but also present on hillsides and ridges with sandy soils. Also found on limestone.


Local names
Borneo: Kadarai, Karadai, Kedelai seluang.

Vegetatively indistinguishable from Ellipanthus tomentosus.