Oct 6, 2011, 6:56:15 AM10/6/11
to Dinesh Valke, H S, Giby Kuriakose, Neil Soares, Bhatt Sweta, Satish Phadke, indiantreepix
Dear H S
Yes they may be two different trees, with some differences, but only an expert who has worked on specimens all over the wold can decide whether differences are enough to call them as different species or not, otherwise there would be no heterotypic synonym ever in this world. The simple fact that important recent publications treat them as synonms is enough to be satisfied. Perhaps the differences are considered even strong enough to call them as distinct varieties, although some earlier authors had done. Till we find any new publication which contradicts Flora Malesiana, I think we have to follow it.
And yes Bridelia hamiltoniana Wall. ex Mull.Arch is a synonym of B. montana (Roxb.) Willd.
So we have two B. retusa and B. montana.
Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Retired Associate Professor
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