Gmelina chinensis Benth.
馬鞭草科 (Verbenaceae)

Description:

The Gmelina chinensis Benth can be trees or shrubs. Ranging from 3-2 meters all, their branches are a brownish – yellow and appear pubescent when they’re immature.

Petiole: Ranging from 2-2.5 cm.

Leaf Blades: Generally have an ovate or ovate-elleptic shape to their leaves, they range from 5 to 15 cm in length, and 3-7 cm long.

They feel papery and the sides curve in a concave fashion, forming a wedge shape. They point away from the base of the plant.

Leaf Color: Bluish green

Texture: Fine particles (powdery) on each leaf with gland patches.

In Asia, they’re most prevalent on the Lantau Island, Kueng Shan, Tai O. Fujiian, Guangdong, Guizhou, and Guangxi.

Habitat: Found in forests and shrub lands on the slopes of mountains.

Blooming time: They flower in March – June and bear fruit in September.

The timber tree produces a very durable and woodworkers love to use it because they can easily form it into a beautiful creation.

Threats: Destruction of habitat, logging.