Aidia densiflora (Wall.) Masam.

Etymology Genus Everlasting; reference to plant unknown
Species Densely flowered
Family Rubiaceae
Synonyms Aidia coriacea (Miq.) Tirveng., Randia densiflora (Wall.) Benth., Aidia wallichiana Tirveng.
Common Names Wild Randa
Status Native: Vulnerable
Form Shrub or tree
Native Distribution India, Myanmar, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Singapore, Borneo

Diagnostics:

Aidia densiflora is a shrub or small tree of up to 18m (Corner, 1997). The leaves are elliptic and oppositely arranged. At each alternate node, one of the leaves is severely reduced to a small strand or absent. They flower and fruit gregariously.


Interesting Facts:

This is a rather common tree which can be found in our Central Catchment (many along Chemparai Trail) and Bukit Timah Nature Reserves (there is one on the summit).


A bunch of the Densely Flowered Aidia along Chemparai Trail at MacRitchie Reservoir.

Elliptic leaves.

Reduced leaf.

Stipule.

Flowers are densely clustered together.

Bright red fruits which will turn black.


References

Corner EJH. (1997) Wayside Trees of Malaya. Volume 2. 4th edition. The Malaysian Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur. 297 pp.


Posted Date: 2013-02-24 / Modified Date: 2015-01-11