Aglaia bourdillonii Gamble - MELIACEAE

Synonym : Aglaia elaeagnoidea (Juss.) Benth. var. bourdilloni (Gamble) Nair

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Trees up to 15 m tall.
Trunk & Bark : Bark brownish, lenticellate; blaze reddish brown with white streaks.
Branches and Branchlets : Branchlets stout, terete, densely orange brown lepidote_scaly.
Leaves : Leaves compound, imparipinnate, alternate, spiral, leaves crowded at twig ends; rachis 5.5-8 cm long, lepidote; petiolule 1-2 cm long; leaflets 6 opposite pairs and one at terminal, 6-14 x 1.5-5 cm, narrow elliptic-oblanceolate, apex acuminate with blunt tip, base cuneate, margin revolute (at least when dry), densely orange brown lepidote_scaly beneath, nearly glabrous above, subcoriaceous; midrib canaliculate above; secondary_nerves prominent 8-14 pairs; impressed above; tertiary_nerves obscure.
Inflorescence / Flower : Inflorescence panicle, densely lepidote_scaly, axillary or subterminal.
Fruit and Seed : Berry, 2.2 cm long, obovoid, narrowed at base, 2-loculed, densely orange brown lepidote_scaly; seeds 1 per locule.

Ecology :

Mostly as canopy trees in exposed evergreen forests at high elevation and as understorey trees in the openings of medium elevation evergreen forests; between 1000 and 1800 m.

Distribution :

Endemic to the Western_Ghats- Agasthyamalai.

Literatures :

Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1915: 346. 1915; Pannell, A taxonomic monograph of the Genus Aglaia Lour. (Meliaceae), 120. 1992; Gamble, Fl. Madras 1: 180. 1997 (re. ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 87. 2004; Saldanha, Fl. Karnataka 2: 230. 1996.

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