This is a rare tree seen at Tungareshwar WLS.

… thanks … for showing this plant. Would like to meet it some day.

This is the common species Cleidion javanicum.

I must clarify that it’s a rare tree at Tungareshwar.  Possibly at the extreme north end of its distribution in Western Ghats.
Is Cleidion spiciflorum not a syn. of C. javanicum?

Please look at the following citation as given in Fl. of India volume 23, cited here in public interest.

Cleidion javanicum Blume, Bijdr. Fl. Ned. Ind. 613. 1826. Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 444. 1887.  Acalypha spiciflora Burm.f., Fl. Indica 203, t. 61, f. 2. 1768, nom. confusum.  Cleidion spiciflorum (auct. non Burm.f.) Merr., Interpr. Herb. Amboin. 322. 1917 (in obs.) & Enum. Philip. Fl. Pl. 2: 439. 1923; Govaerts et al., World Checkl. & Bibl. Euphorbiaceae 1: 358. 2000.  C. javanicum var. moniliflorum (Airy Shaw) Chakrab. & M.Gangop. in J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 12: 493. 1988 (publ. 1989) (non Cleidion moniliflorum Airy Shaw, 1980).  C. spiciflorum var. moniliflorum (Airy Shaw) Radcl.-Sm. & Govaerts in Kew Bull. 52: 478. 1997; Chakrab & N.P.Balakr. in J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 28: 520. 2005 (non Cleidion moniliflorum Airy Shaw, 1980).



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