Aglaia tomentosa Teijm & Binn. - MELIACEAE

Synonym : Aglaia exstipulata (Griffith) Balakr.; Aglaia minutiflora Bedd.

Vernacular names : Malayalam: Neermulli; Nirmulei

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Trees up to 20 m tall.
Trunk & Bark : Bark shallowly fissured, brownish; blaze brownish.
Branches and branchlets : Young branchlets terete, with dense indumentum of reddish-brown lacerated scales and stellate hairs.
Leaves : Leaves compound, usually imparipinnate, ca. 60 cm long, alternate, spiral, pulvinate; rachis and petiolules (0.2 cm long) with lacerated scales and stellate hairs; leaflets to 5-15, opposite or subopposite, 7-15 x 2.5-5 cm long, narrowly elliptic or oblong-lanceolate, apex acuminate, base subcordate, rounded or cuneate, margin entire or irregularly toothed, glabrous above except on nerves when mature, densely covered with stellate hairs beneath; midrib canaliculate; secondary_nerves 10-14 pairs, prominent; tertiary_nerves obliquely percurrent.
Inflorescence / Flower : Inflorescence axillary panicles, to 18 cm long; flowers globose, minute, fragrant; pedicels slender, densely covered with reddish-brown lacerated scales and stellate hairs.
Fruit and Seed : Berry, subglobose, to 2.5 cm long, densely covered with reddish-brown lacerated scales and stellate hairs; seed one, arillate.

Ecology :

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

Distribution :

Indomalaysia to Australia; in the Western_Ghats- South Sahyadris.

Literatures :

Nat. Tijdsch. Ned. Ind. 27: 43. 1864; Pannell, A taxonomic monograph of the Genus Aglaia Lour. (Meliaceae), 331. 1992; Gamble, Fl. Madras 1: 181.1997 (re.ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 88. 2004;.

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