Aglaia elaeagnoidea (A. Juss.) Benth. - MELIACEAE

Synonym : Nemedra elaeagnoidea A. Juss.; A. roxburghiana Hiern. var. courtallensis Gamble; A. elaeagnoidea (Juss.) Benth. var. courtallensis (Gamble) Nair; A. elaeagnoidea (A. Juss.) Benth. var. beddomei (Gamble) Nair

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Trees up to 10 m tall.
Trunk & Bark : Bark greyish brown, lenticellate; blaze reddish brown.
Branches and Branchlets : Young branchlets terete, densely lepidote_scaly.
Exudates : White latex, not profuse.
Leaves : Leaves compound, imparipinnate, alternate, spiral; rachis 1.5-3.5 cm, slightly canaliculate above, lepidote_scaly; leaflets 2-3 opposite or subopposite pairs with one at terminal, 3-7 x 1-3 cm, narrow-elliptic to oblanceolate, apex bluntly acute to subacuminate, sometimes obtuse, base acute to cuneate, chartaceous, young leaves densely lepidote_scaly, glabrous when; midrib slightly raised above, secondary_nerves 8-13 pairs; tertiary_nerves very slender, broadly reticulate.
Inflorescence / Flower : Inflorescence axillary panicles, shorter than leaves, lepidote_scaly.
Fruit and Seed : Berry, nearly globose, lepidote_scaly, to 1.5 cm across, not depressed at apex, 2 loculed; seeds 1 per locule.

Ecology :

Generally in dry evergreen forests and sometimes found as understorey trees in wet evergreen forests, up to 1000 m.

Distribution :

Indomalaysia to Pacific Islands; in the Western_Ghats- South and Central Sahyadris.

Literatures :

Fl. Austral. 1: 383. 1863; Pannell, A taxonomic monograph of the Genus Aglaia Lour. (Meliaceae), 143. 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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