Aglaia simplicifolia (Bedd.) Harms - MELIACEAE

Synonym : Beddomea simplicifolia Bedd.

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Status Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Trees up to 6 m tall.
Branches and Branchlets : Bark greyish brown, smooth; blaze reddish brown.
Branches and Branchlets : Young branchlets stellate hairy.
Exudates : Latex white, not profuse.
Leaves : Leaves simple, alternate, spiral; petioles 1.3-4 cm long, swollen at both ends, stellate hairy; lamina 9.5-22.5 x 4.9-10.4 cm, elliptic to obovate, apex acuminate with blunt tip, base obtuse or acute, margin entire; midrib flat above; secondary_nerves 12-14 pairs, prominent beneath; tertiary_nerves reticulo-percurrent.
Inflorescence / Flower : Inflorescence panicle, shorter than leaves.
Fruit and Seed : Capsule, oblong or obovoid, beaked, 2.5-4 cm long, densely rusty-tomentose.

Ecology :

Understorey trees in low and medium elevation wet evergreen forests, between 200 and 1400 m.

Distribution :

Indomalaysia; in the Western_Ghats- South and Central Sahyadris (Wayanad and Coorg Regions).

Status :

Threatened (IUCN, 2000).

Literatures :

Engler and Prantl, Pflanzenf. ed. 2. 19b. 1: 146. 1940; Pannell, A taxonomic monograph of the Genus Aglaia Lour. (Meliaceae), 306. 1992; Gamble, Fl. Madras 1: 184.1997 (re. ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 88. 2004; Saldanha, Fl. Karnataka 2: 230. 1996.

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