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Plant Morphology : Growth Form: It is shrub or tree up to 10 m tall. Foliage: Its alternate, stalked leaves have almost leathery leaf blades that are usually elliptic-oblong, and 15–28 by 5–9 cm, with colourless, scattered glandular dots. Flowers: Its stalked flowers are pink or red, 9–10 mm long, and up to 1.7 cm wide. They are found in clusters of 4–10 together on shoots that develop from the ends of leafy twigs. Fruits: Its smooth fruits are round, slightly depressed, dark red to black when mature, and up to 7.5 mm wide. Habitat : It grows in lowland and hill evergreen forests up to 500 m altitude. Associated Fauna : Its flowers are insect-pollinated. Cultivation : It can be propagated by seed. Etymology : Greek ardis, a point, referring to the pointed anthers of the plant; Latin lanceolata, lance-shaped, referring to the shape of the leaves. Ethnobotanical Uses : Medicinal (The plant is used to make post-labour tonic.), Timber & Products (The very durable wood is used to make house-posts. )


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