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Chionanthus intermedius
(Wight) F. Muell., Oleaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  yes

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Other Latin names:  Chionanthus roxburghii (Spreng.) S. K. Srivast. & S. L. Kapoor var. intermedius S. K. Srivast. & S. L. Kapoor; Linociera intermedia Wight

Habit:  tree

Description:  "A middle-sized treeLeaves chartaceous or thinly coriaceous, elongate-elliptic, acuminate, blade 4-8, narrowed into petiole 1/2-1 1/4 in. long, sec. n. 10-14 pair, slender but conspicuous.  Flowers white, in large glabrous trichotomous compound often fascicled panicles, 3-5 in. long, axillary, or from the middle of the internode, bracts lanceolate, often foliaceous.  Calyx glabrous, petals oblong, at base only slightly connate in pairs, 1/8-1/4 in. long, anthers sessile or nearly so, ovary glabrous.  Fruit 1/2-3/4 in. long"  (Brandis, 1921).

"Glabrous, leaves elliptic-oblong acute at both ends secondary nerves prominent, panicles compound somewhat dense, petals 1/6 in. narrowly oblong, drupe 2/3 by 1/3 in.  Leaves 6 1/2 by 2 1/2 in., chartaceous; nerves 10 pairs, reticulations many prominent; petiole 1/2-1 in.  Panicle 2-5 in.; branches compressed; bracts 1/30 in., ovate; pedicels often hardly any.  Calyx 1/16 in., lobes ovate glabrous.  Petals 4, shortly united at the base, obscurely disposed in pairs.  Ovary glabrous" (Hooker, 1882; p. 609).

Habitat/ecology:  In India, hills to 3000 ft. (Brandis, 1921; p. 448).

Propagation:  Seed

Native range:  India (GRIN).


Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
State of Hawaii
Hawaiian Islands
Hawaiian Islands introduced
Meyer, Jean-Yves (2000) (p. 96)

Comments:  Reported as possibly an invasive plant in the Hawaiian Islands per Meyer, 2000.

Control:  If you know of control methods for Chionanthus intermedius, please let us know.

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