Meliosma angustifolia is often treated as a subspecies of Meliosma pinnata (Roxb.) Maxim.(as Meliosma pinnata angustifolia (Merr.) Beusekom). However, we are following the treatment in the Flora of China[
] which treats it as a distinct species.
Meliosma crassifolia Hand.-Mazz.
Meliosma pinnata angustifolia (Merr.) Beusekom
Meliosma angustifolia is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 20 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood.
E. Asia - southern China (southern Guangdong, southern Guangxi, Hainan, southeastern Yunnan)
Valleys, wooded ravines, low mountains; at elevations up to 1,500 metres[
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The plant is found in the wild on sandy as well as on clayish and loamy soils, usually in dry, but also in moist places, such as along streams[
The pollen ripens and the anther-cells burst while the flower is still in bud, but the pollen is still unable to escape from the anther-cells as these are locked in the cavities of the staminodes. When the bud is fully mature, it explodes at the slightest touch, the stamens snapping backwards and flinging a puff of pollen into the air. When the flower is open, petals and stamens, having done their duty, very soon drop off; hence in a Meliosma panicle almost only buds and passed flowers are found, but very few intact open flowers[
The tree is a good source of timber[
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