Neolamarckia cadamba (Rubiaceae)

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Behold the blossoming of Neolamarckism…oops I mean Neolamarckia. But the genus name does truly honour the French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, whose theories have set the tone for thinking in evolutionary biology to the present day.

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Just finished flowering…

Neolamarckia cadamba is a medium sized tree with very neat broad-elliptic leaves borne on very long leaf stalks. It is very similar to Nauclea orientalis, and to a lesser extent Neonauclea glauca, in the way it beears its flowers in a head. Howevver, it differs from both these species by its pointed triangular stipules.

Previously this species was known as Anthocephalus chinensis and a large number of other synonyms. In addition to the rich natural history surrounding it’s naming, this species is has a long association with Indian mythology and religion, and in particular with Lord Krishna.

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The stipules of Neolamarckia cadamba are pointed and triangular.


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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1 Response to Neolamarckia cadamba (Rubiaceae)

  1. nqtree says:

    Thanks for your great posts David – as an ignorant artist and nature lover, I really appreciate not only your botanical knowledge, also your references to other’s writings and your philosophical comments. I live at Bramston and love that many of your examples are in my ‘hood’. Good on yer…

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