Agrostistachys indica Dalz. - EUPHORBIACEAE

Vernacular names : Tamil: Mancharei

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Small trees up to 5 m tall.
Branches and Branchlets : Branchlets terete, glabrous.
Leaves : Leaves simple, alternate, spiral; lamina 12-46 x 3.2-10 cm, long elliptic to oblanceolate, apex acute, base acute and decurrent, strongly serrate, glabrous; midrib raised above; secondary_nerves 10-12 pairs, tertiary_nerves obliquely_percurrent.
Inflorescence / Flower : Flowers unisexual, dioecious; male flowers in short axillary spikes; female flowers solitary, axillary.
Fruit and Seed : Capsule, trilocular; 3-seeded.

Ecology :

Understorey trees generally in low elevation wet evergreen forests up to 800 m.

Distribution :

Indomalaysia; in the Western_Ghats- South and Central Sahyadris.

Literatures :

Hooker, J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 2: 41. 1850; Gamble, Fl. Madras 2: 1317. 1993 (re. ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 408. 2004; Saldanha, Fl. Karnataka 2: 115. 1996.

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