Acronychia pedunculata (L.) Miq. - RUTACEAE

Synonym : Jambolifera pedunculata L.; Acronychia barberi Gamble; Acronychia laurifolia Bl.

Vernacular names : Tamil: Mutta nari, VidukanaleiMalayalam: Moota nari, Mutta nari, Vidukanalei

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literature

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Evergreen trees up to 10 m tall.
Trunk\bark : Bark greyish, smooth; blaze red.
Branchlets : Branchlets stout, terete, glabrous.
Leaves : Leaves simple, opposite or subopposite, decussate; petiole 1.5-3.3 cm long, canaliculate, glabrous, articulate, swollen at both ends; lamina 7-17 x 3.5-7.5 cm, elliptic, apex bluntly acuminate and curved back or sometimes obtuse to retuse, base cuneate-acute, margin entire, coriaceous or subcoriaceous, glabrous; midrib slightly raised above; secondary_nerves 7-10 pairs; tertiary_nerves broadly reticulate.
Flowers : Inflorescence axillary corymbose cymes; flowers yellowish white; pedicel ca. 1 cm long.
Fruit& seed : Drupe, 4-celled, subglobose, usually broader than long, slightly grooved, 0.8 x 1.2 cm; seed one per cell.

Ecology :

Trees in evergreen forests up to 1800 m.

Distribution :

Indomalaysia; in the Western_Ghats- South, Central and south Maharashtra Sahyadris.

Literature :

Fl. Ind. Bat. Suppl. 532. 1861; Gamble, Fl. Madras 1: 152 .1997 (re. ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 78. 2004; Saldanha, Fl. Karnataka 2: 215. 1996.

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