Vatica lanceifolia (Roxburgh) Blume, Mus. Bot. 2: 31 1856. (syn: Vateria lanceifolia Roxburgh);

Medium-sized tree. Leaves elliptic-lanceolate, 12-18 x 5-7cm, acuminate, base cuneate, glabrous, lateral veins 10-12 pairs; petioles 1-2 cm, thickened above. Calyx 4mm, lobes ovate, acute. Petals cream-coloured, 2-2.5 x 0.3-0.4cm. Stamens 2-3mm. Ovary ovoid, 2mm, style ± as long, thickened above, 3-branched. Capsule ovoid, 2-2.5 x 1.5-2cm, finely tomentose, calyx lobes 1cm long and broad, ± cordate at base.

Fl. April-May
(Attributions- A.J.C. Grierson & D.G. Long. Flora of Bhutan. Published by RBGE. 1984



Tree ID from Bangladesh SM058 : Attachments (1 + 2).
Habit: Small Tree
Habitat: Wild

Location: Lawacha NP, Maulvibazar
Flowering: April

Any close ups ?

Please find the attached. The flower under the tree. I  will check my PC, if found will send. Now for this

check Holarrhena pubescens (Buch. – Ham.) Wall. ex G. Don –

Checked !!  I have seen lots in wild (Deciduous forest, Hill forest but never in Lawachara forest. But it is not so  similar with H. p.

Generally H. p. leaves fully fallen before the flowering. But this tree appeared with old leaf 

I can assure you that no other “Apocynaceae tree” in ‘Bengal Plants’; except Aganosma marginata G.Don, a liana; have similar flowers. Maybe FBI has an entry and I am in no mood to check that.

I agree with your view and I did note that at least two of your uploads didn’t find their entries in Bengal-Plants. FBI should have an entry of your tree and I will try to find it out.

Please check the thread. Thanks to Santanu for sharing and cracking the ID. Your species seems to be same Vatica lanceifolia (Roxb.) Blume (there are spelling issues, check below).
  • syn. Isauxis lanceaefolia King (Bengal Plants. i. 254)
  • syn. Vatica lanceaefolia Blume (FBI. i. 302)
  • syn. Vateria lanceaefolia Roxb. (FI . ii. 601)
FBI refers to Wall. Cat. 4405 –

Images by Shantanu Dey



Fwd: Tree from Nagaland, India : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1+1)

Do you have any idea about this attached species collected from Nagaland, NE India in low altitude forest near riverside. It is tree and flowers are very sweet scented.

It may be the member of Magnoliaceae.

may be one of the many var of Star magnolia

I have identified the plant as Vatica lanceaefolia. It is a critically endangered sp. belonging to Dipterocarpaceae family usually grows at a low altitude forest in eastern himalayas. It is a evergreen tree sp.


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