Leea Zippeliana Sp Papua, Leea (Tagalog: Talyantan) is a genus of plants that are distributed throughout Northern and eastern Australia, New Guinea, South and Southeast Asia and parts of Africa. The APG IV system places Leea in the subfamily Leeoideae (Vitaceae). Leea is now placed in the family Vitaceae having previously been placed in its own family, Leeaceae, based on morphological differences between it and other Vitaceae genera. These differences include ovule number per locule (two in Vitaceae and one in Leeaceae), carpel number (two in Vitaceae and three in Leeaceae), and the absence or presence of a staminoidal tube (present in Leeaceae) and floral disc (present in Vitaceae). Pollen structure has also been examined for taxonomic demarcation, though studies have concluded that the pollen of Leeaceae and Vitaceae suggests the families should remain separate while other studies conclude that Leea should be included in Vitaceae
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Classifications and Characteristics
Plant Growth Form
Lifespan (in Singapore)
Mode of Nutrition
Preferred Climate Zone
Local Conservation Status
Description and Ethnobotany
Slender shrub or small tree, able to grow up to 7 m tall.
Elliptic leaves measuring about 14 – 25 cm by 7 – 10 cm, petiole measuring about 3 – 6 cm long, white patches along midrib.
Young parts of stem slightly pubescent.
Greenish yellow flowers, usually in clusters of 5.
Fruit size measuring about 10 – 15 mm long, reddish orange. Seeds usually 6, measuring 8 mm by 5 mm.
Can be found in primary rainforest, riverine forest and lowlands.
Genus Leea is named after James Lee (1715 – 1795) who is a Hammersmith nurseryman.