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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & Subtropical Old World.
Reissantia indica


Celastraceae, N.K.B. Robson, N. Hallé, B. Mathew and R. Blakelock†. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1994

Morphology General Habit
Unarmed climbers or scandent shrubs; older stems ± terete, younger ones 4-angled or unequally grooved
Morphology General Exudate
Latex absent
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite or subopposite; blade entire or sometimes with a crenulate margin
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules minute, free
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences consisting of axillary dichotomous cymes with small accessory branches, or sometimes flowers carried in large terminal panicles; bracts small, opposite, acute
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers pedicellate, small; young buds globose
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 5
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 5, imbricate in bud, suberect
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disc a small narrow rim, slightly sinuous, surrounding the base of the ovary and filaments
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3, extrorse; filaments flattened; anthers circular in outline after dehiscence; pollen small, simple, tricolporate, scarcely ornamented
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary with 3 locules; ovules 2 per locule; style erect, subulate, longer than wide, glabrous; stigmas united, punctiform
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit of 3 flattened mericarps, each dehiscing by the median suture into 2 caducous valves
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Germination epigeal. Seeds 2 in each carpel, winged, the wing with a marginal vein and a submedian vein (the raphe); cotyledons not united; radicle acute and prominent

Native to:

Andaman Is., Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Benin, Borneo, Botswana, Cambodia, Cameroon, Caprivi Strip, Central African Repu, China South-Central, China Southeast, Congo, East Himalaya, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hainan, India, Ivory Coast, Jawa, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaya, Mali, Maluku, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Guinea, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Reissantia N.Hallé appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat., sér. 2, 39: 466 (1958)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. Scientific Data 8: 215.


Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Ding Hou in Fl. Males., ser. 1, 6 (3): 400 (1964)
  • N. Hallé in Adansonia, sér. 2, 17: 405 (1978)
  • R. Wilczek in F.C.B. 9: 146 (1960)
  • Thèses Fac. Sci. Univ. Paris, Monogr. Hipp. Afr. Occ.: 80 (1958)
  • in Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris, sér. 2, 30: 466 (1958)
  • in Mém. I.F.A.N. 64: 84 (1962)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at and
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.