Cynometra iripa

Author: Kostel.

Morphological description
Shrub or tree 3-8 m tall.

Leaves 1- or 2-jugate; petiole 4 mm, rachis 13 mm, petiolules c. 1 mm, all shortly hairy. Leaflets ovate, elliptic, ovate-oblong or oblong, 1.5-9 by 0.9-2.1 cm; apex rounded, always emarginate, sometimes mucronate; nerves 5-7 pairs.

Inflorescence : rachis 3-4 mm, densely pubescent; bracts minute, 1 mm long, hairy, glabrescent; bracteoles 2 mm long, inserted at 0.25-2 mm above the base of the pedicel; pedicels 4-6 mm, patently shortly hairy.

Flower : Hypanthium 0.8-1 mm deep. Sepals 2.5-3.5 mm long, rather long hairy. Petals very narrow, 2 by 0.3 mm. Stamens 3-5 mm; anthers more or less apiculate. Ovary densely, patently long-hairy, inside hairy; stipe 1 mm; style 3-3.5 mm, glabrous.

Fruits ellipsoid, c. 6 by 2 cm, deeply rugose, shortly patent-hairy, the distal part beak-like and pointing obliquely (iripa Cynom pod Blum 18 f1d ).

Sri Lanka, India, Burma, Thailand (Peninsular), through Malesia, to Micronesia, Marianas (Guam) and Australia (N Queensland); in Malesia : Malay Peninsula (Kedah, Setul, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca), Java, Philippines (Panay, Tablas, Mindanao).

Mangrove swamps, littoral scrub, on or near the beach, but also found in the hills up to 500 m altitude