Humboldtia decurrens Oliv., Hooker’s Icon. Pl. 24: t. 2368 (1895);
S. India as per POWO;
Kerala; Tamil Nadu as per ILDIS;

Trees, to 15 m high, bark 3-4 mm thick, brown with prominent lenticels, rough; branches dark brown, pubescent when young, glabrous at maturity. Leaves paripinnate alternate; stipules lateral, ovate to narrowly ovate, falcate, acuminate to cuspidate at apex; prominently parallel veined, brown tomentose on both surfaces, appendages reniform with divergent reticulate veins, brown tomentose, adpressed glandular; rachis 15-36 cm long, pulvinate, obcordately or decurrently winged, wings reticulately veined, glabrous; leaflets 8-12, opposite, estipellate; petiolule 3-5 mm long,stout, densely brown tomentose; lamina 15-38 x 4-12 cm, oblong-lanceolate, base obtuse or round, apex long acuminate, margin entire, subcoriaceous, glabrous, sparsely depressed glandular beneath; lateral nerves 10-16 pairs, parallel, ascending, looped at the margin forming prominent intramarginal nerve, intercostae reticulate, prominent. Flowers bisexual, pink, 17-18 mm long, in pendulous axillary or cauliflorus racemes, tawny villous; pedicels 1-1.2 cm long, villous; bracts broadly ovate, obtuse to acute at apex, villous and glandular without, black and glabrous within, fugacious; bracteoles 2, connate at base, ovate, obtuse, brown villous on both surfaces; calyx tube upto 1.2 cm long, obconical, lined by the disc, villous; lobes 4, oblong, rounded at apex, imbricate; petals 5, pink or white, 2-2.5 x 0.5 cm, obovate or oblanceolate, clawed, obtuse to round at apex, pilose within at base; stamens 5, 3.5-4 cm long, perfect, alternating with 5 minute staminodes; filaments filiform, broad, pilose at base; anthers versatile; ovary half inferior, stipitate, obliquely linear, villous, ovules 3-6; style filiform, glabrous; stigma capitate. Fruit a pod 7-12 x 2.7-4 cm, oblong, brown, veined, rugulose and dark brown tomentose when young, sutures thick; seeds 2-3, thick, flat, glabrous.
Flowering and fruiting: January-June
Evergreen forests
Southern Western Ghats
(Attributions: Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi as per India Biodiversity Portal)

295 ID wild tree Humboldtia: 21 images.
Please ID wild tree, easy germination but very rare,
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, (Kochi) Kerala PIN:686671
Altitude: 1400fsl
Flower date: 01.03.2022, 11.30am
Habitat: wild moisture shady streamside
Plant habit: tree, erect, branches, hard woody stem, rough bark, long lasting
Height: 09 meters
Leaves: alternate, paripartite, leaflets opposite, oblong, apex, winged branch petiole, size upto:25×8cm
Flower: pendulous racemose, clustered, 05 petals, diameter: 03 cm, white, good fragrance
Fruit: beans compressed green into brown, size:16×6 cm, 04 mm thickness
Seed: brown 4-6 nos., circular compressed, diameter: 02 cm, thickness: 2.5 mm
Camera: CANON EOS1500D

Plant habit: 03 way bracts/wings on young branches’ subdivision

I think it is Humboldtia decurrens as per FoPIPOWOIBPMorphology and flowering phenology of Humboldtia decurrens Bedd. Ex Oliver (Fabaceae)





POWO  Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  ILDIS  GBIF (High resolution specimens) Flora of peninsular India India Biodiversity Portal  Wikipedia  Wikimedia Commons
Morphology and flowering phenology of Humboldtia decurrens Bedd. Ex Oliver (Fabaceae)


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