Desmos chinensis Loureiro, Fl. Cochinch. 1: 352. 1790. (Syn: Artabotrys esquirolii H. Léveillé; Unona chinensis (Loureiro)
Candolle; U. discolor Vahl.) as per Flora of China

by Pudji Widodo (Id by Sid & Satish Chile)




Scandent shrubs; branchlets pubescent when young, glabrous later. Leaves alternate, elliptic, ovate or oblong-lanceolate, obtuse, truncate, rarely slightly cordate at base, acute or acuminate at apex, 6-9(-18) x 2-4.5(-7) cm, membranous, glabrous above, pubescent beneath; lateral nerves 7-12 pairs; petioles ca 7 mm long, pubescent. Flowers extra-axillary or leaf-opposed, greenish-yellow, fragrant; pedicels ca 5.5 cm long, slender, pubescent; bracts ovate, in the middle of pedicel. Sepals ovate, acuminate, ca 7 x 5 mm, pubescent. Outer petals elliptic-lanceolate, acute, 3-8.5 x 1-1.5 cm, pubescent; the inner oblong-lanceolate, acute, 2-3.2 x 0.8-1 cm, pubescent. Receptacle convex, brown-pubescent. Stamens many, oblong, ca 1.5 mm long; connectives obtuse. Carpels oblong, ca 2 mm long, densely brown-tomentose; stigmas clavate, grooved. Fruitlets 1-1.4 cm long, ovoid, beaked; stalks to 1 cm long.

Flowering and fruiting: April-October
Semi-evergreen forests
North East India to Malesia 

White-Red Pods: I need your advice for the id of the following plant:
A shrub, 1-2 m tall.  Flowers not seen.  Loc. Bogor Botanical Gardens. 

I agree Desmos chinensis 

Please help with taxonomical and ecological status of Desmos lawii (Hook.f. & Thomson) Saff.
At The Plant List (2010). Version 1, Desmos lawii (Hook.f. & Thomson) Saff. is considered as synonym of Desmos chinensis Lour. … at lesser confidence level (the status is yet under review of World Checklist of Selected Plant Families)
Referring to paper (
A synopsis of Annonaceae in Indian subcontinent: Its distribution and endemism) published by Subir Ranjan Kundu, ex-research Fellow of BSI, am inclined to believe it as a separate species – with distribution confined to southern Western Ghats of India, and Sri Lanka.

I am also supporting Mr Subir’s view in treating them separately. Both are entirely different. Plant list is a provisional one and do not pay much attention to it. You can treat Desmos lawii as a separate species or as a variety under D. chinensis (D. chinensis var lawii) as in Flora of India by Debika Mitra.


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