Millettia sericea (Vent.) Wight & Arn.

Millettia sericea (Vent.) Wight & Arn.





Vernacular Names




Geographical Distributions

Millettia sericea is found throughout Northern Vietnam, Peninsular Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Ja­va.


Millettia sericea is a large liana that can reach up to 30 m long. There are 5-9 leaflets, which are oblong or oblong-obovate, measure 7-25 cm x 3.5-11 cm, rounded to cordate at base, shortly acuminate or rounded at apex and coriaceous. The inflorescence is an axillary or terminal pseudopanicle. It is 15-50 cm long while the flowers are in groups of 7-8. The sepal is 3-4.5 mm long, bell-shaped, truncate, with violet petal which is standard orbicular with a green basal blotch, absent auricles and callosities, sericeous outside, with elliptical wings, adherent to the petals keel, with di­adelphous stamens, where the vexillary ones are free at base and joined into the tube in the middle. The pod is very thick with narrowed base and top, measures 5-7.5 cm x 1.5-3.5 cm, densely brown hairy, nearly smooth and 1-2-seeded. The seed is trans­verse-ellipsoid, thick and measures 2.5-3.5 cm x 1-2.5 cm x 0.4-1.3 cm. (1)

Ecology / Cultivation

Millettia sericea is found scattered on river banks and in forest fringes from sea level up to 1200 m altitude.

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