Drypetes deplanchei (Putranjivaceae)

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A most difficult group of plants for the uninitiated. Drypetes was previously part of the Euphorbiaceae (Spurge family) but this family has been split up into groups which require a bit of relearning for mere mortals. Now this species is in one of the Euphorbiaceae splitoffs – the Putranjivaceae. A very bombastic sounding family name, with little that one can relate to.

It is difficult to expound on the gist of this plant. There is something to the leathery leaves, their venation and the just perceptible ‘teeth’ along the leaf margins, which are more like crenulations actually. On seedlings and on coppice shoots however, the leaves are strongly toothed. Like in Glochidion, the leaves are alternate and there will be stipular scars at the stem-leaf stalk junction if you look closely. Habitat-wise, this tree seems to occur more often in drier rain forest types.

Despite the non-descript nature, the species is widely recognized enough to be given a common name – Yellow Tulipwood.

I look forward to seeing some flowers.

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Upper side of leaf

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Details of leaf underside

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Habitat beside a small patch of rain forest beside a small waterfall. Savanna woodland surrounds the rain forest.

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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