Altingia excelsa. From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Jump to navigation Jump to search. APG IV Classification: Domain: Eukaryota. Identity. Top of page. Preferred Scientific Name. Altingia excelsa Noronha. Preferred Common Name. rasamala. Other Scientific Names. Liquidambar altingiana. Description of Altingia excelsa Noroña (Rasamala), generated from a DELTA database.

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Trade and local names: Heartwood basically brown to red. Sapwood colour distinct from heartwood colour. Perforation plates scalariformwith 15—30 bars. Scalariform intervessel pits restricted to overlapping vessel tails.

Altingia excelsa Noronha — The Plant List

Vessel-ray pits with reduced borders or apparently simple, rounded or angular or horizontal to vertical, mostly restricted to marginal rows. Other deposits present reddish brown.

Fibres of medium wall thickness to very thick-walled. Fibre pits common in both radial and tangential walls, distinctly bordered.


Altingia excelsa – Wikimedia Commons

Apotracheal axial parenchyma diffuse, or diffuse-in-aggregates. Axial parenchyma as strands. Average number of cells per strand: Rays 8—11 per tangential mm, multiseriate, 1—4 —5 cells wide.

Rays composed of two or more cell types heterocellular. Heterocellular rays with square and upright cells restricted to marginal rows, mostly 2—4 marginal rows of upright or square cells.

Crystals presentprismatic, located in ray cells. Number of crystals per cell or chamber one.

Crystal containing cells of normal size, or enlarged idioblasts. The interactive key allows access to the character list, illustrations, full and partial descriptions, diagnostic descriptions, differences and similarities between taxa, lists of taxa exhibiting specified attributes, summaries of attributes within groups of taxa, and geographical distribution.

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