Iodes velutina King, J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, Pt. 2, Nat. Hist. 64(2): 127 (1895)

Name meaning 'velvetly densly hairy'.


Lianas, woody, densely rust-colored hairy. Leaves opposite, entire, papery, with pinnate veins, with tendrils between leaf pairs. Plants dioecious. Cymose panicles axillary. Flowers small, white. Staminate flowers: calyx cupular, 5-toothed; corolla deeply lobed, coherent at base, outside densely hairy; stamens 3-5, alternate with corolla lobes; filaments broad, short, rarely absent; reduced ovary small or absent. Pistillate flowers: calyx as in staminate flowers, persistent; corolla 4- or 5-lobed, base tubular and often inflated; reduced stamens absent; ovary sessile or with short pedicel, 1-loculed; ovules 2, pendulous from apex; stigma thick, peltate, apex concave, sometimes slightly oblique. Drupe obliquely obovoid, with persistent calyx; exocarp thinly crustaceous; mesocarp thin; endocarp outside reticulate polygonous concave. Seeds with fleshy endosperm; cotyledons flat, leafy.

This specimen was found along a roadside.


Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo.

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