Botanical name: Loeseneriella africana var. obtusifolia Family: Celastraceae (Spike-thorn family)
Synonyms: Loeseneriella obtusifolia, Loeseneriella indochinensis
Indo-China Paddle-Pod is a climbing shrub or liana up to 15 m long. Young branchlets are green, 4-angled. Leaves are opposite, obovate, oblong to broadly elliptic, rounded or slightly notched at the tip, venation prominent; margins entire or sawtoothed, often rolled under, extending along the leaf-stalk. Flowers in clusters in leaf-axils and at branch-ends, green, flower-cluster-stalk 5-15 mm long. Flowers are bisexual, regular, urn-shaped or flattened, 1-1.4 cm in diameter, green; flower-stalk 1-2.5 mm long; sepals 5, almost equal, ovate to semiround, with ciliolate margin; petals are 5, free, triangular, 4-5 mm x 2 mm, free or attached to the disk, hairless or short hairy on the outside; disk a basal cup with androgynophore of about 6 mm long; stamens 3, fused to base of the disk, filaments white, anthers orange-red. pollen and stigma prominently orange to red. Fruit consists of 1-3 paddle-shaped pods, smooth or slightly striped. Indo-China Paddle-Pod is found in India to Indo-China.
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