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Guinea Leea   
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Guinea Leea
P Native Shrub bipinnate Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Guinea Leea
Botanical name: Leea guineensis    Family: Vitaceae (Grape family)
Synonyms: Leea arborea, Leea aurantiaca

Guinea Leea is a shrub or small tree with branchlets round, almost hairless. Leaves are 2- or 3-pinnate; leaf-stalk 6-13 cm, central leaflet-stalks 1.5-4 cm, lateral leaflet-stalks 0.5-1.5 cm, hairless; leaflets oval elliptic to long and roundly lanceshaped, 5-15 × 2.5-8 cm, base broadly wedge-shaped, or rarely nearly round, margin with pointed teeth, tip tapering, hairless; lateral veins 6-11 pairs, lower veinlets conspicuous but not protruding. Flowers are borne in a corymb-like compound dichasium, about 50 cm in diam. Flower-stalk are very short or nearly none, sparsely with papillary hairs; buds about 3 mm. Calyx tube is cup-shaped, sepal triangular, with an pointed tip, hairless. Petals are 5, elliptic, red. Stamens 5; filaments 1.2-1.6 mm; anthers yellow. Ovary ovate; stigma expanded slightly. Berry subspherical, about 0.8 cm in diameter. Guinea Leea is native to Africa, Mascarenes, Himalaya (Nepal, Sikkim), India, Burma, Thailand, Indo-China, Taiwan, Malaysia.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Pennagaram, Dharmapuri distt., Tamil Nadu.

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