Antidesma in Malesia and Thailand.

Antidesma in Malesia and Thailand. Petra Hoffmann.

Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, 2005. Octavo, paperback, text illustrations, maps.

Antidesma is a genus in the family Phyllanthaceae (Malpighiales; Euphorbiaceae sensu lato). It comprises trees and shrubs which are conspicuous by their racemes of often abundant red or purple fruits. The genus is most diverse in South-East Asia where it is commonly found in the understorey of tropical forests as well as in open vegetation. This taxonomic revision describes the 56 species and 13 varieties occurring in Malesia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea) and Thailand. Separate identification keys for staminate and pistillate plants are presented, and critical characters are illustrated. The distribution of each taxon is shown in a map. Ecology, uses, common names, etymology and conservation status are given, and line drawings of 25 taxa are included.

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