Aglaia perviridis Hiern - MELIACEAE

Synonym : Aglaia maiae Bourd.; Aglaia canarensis Gamble

Vernacular names : Malayalam: Cheru chokla; Karakil

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Status: Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Trees up to 25 m tall.
Trunk & Bark : Bark brownish, exfoliating or irregularly large flaky, lenticellate; blaze reddish brown.
Branches and branchlets : Young branchlets terete, lenticellate, with dense indumentum of reddish-brown lacerated scales.
Exudates : Latex white from cut end of bark, not profuse.
Leaves : Leaves compound, usually imparipinnate, ca. 54 cm long, alternate, spiral, pulvinate; rachis and petiolules (ca. 1 cm long) with lacerated scales; leaflets to 11-13, subopposite, 7.5-23 x 2-6 cm long, oblong-lanceolate, apex acuminate to caudate-acuminate, base asymmetric, margin entire, glabrous, scales only on midrib beneath; midrib raised above; secondary_nerves 12-18 pairs; tertiary_nerves broadly reticulate.
Inflorescence / Flower : Inflorescence axillary panicles, few to densely covered reddish-brown lacerated scales; flowers polygamodioecious, subsessile, yellowish.
Fruit and Seed : Berry, ellipsoid, to 3 cm long, densely covered with reddish-brown lacerated scales; seed one.

Ecology :

Subcanopy trees in wet evergreen forests between 450 and 900 m.

Distribution :

Indomalaysia and China; in the Western_Ghats- South and Central Sahyadris.

Status: :

Vulnerable (IUCN, 2000).

Literatures :

Hooker, Fl. Brit. India 1: 556. 1875; Pannell, A taxonomic monograph of the Genus Aglaia Lour. (Meliaceae), 198. 1992; Gamble, Fl. Madras 1: 180.1997 (re.ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 88. 2004; Saldanha, Fl. Karnataka 2: 229. 1996.

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