Alseodaphne semecarpifolia Nees - LAURACEAE

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Trees up to 18 m tall.
Trunk & Bark : Bark brownish, scaly and flaky; blaze light orange.
Branches and Branchlets : Branchlets stout, lenticellate, glabrous.
Leaves : Leaves simple, alternate, spiral, clustered at twig ends; petiole stout 0.7-2 cm long, planoconvex in cross section; lamina 7-16 x 4-8.5 cm, obovate, apex obtuse or rounded, sometimes emarginate, base cuneate to acute, margin entire, coriaceous, glabrous, glaucous beneath, minutely tomentose beneath when young; midrib slightly raised above; secondary_nerves 6-10 pairs, ascending, branched; tertiary_nerves reticulo-percurrent.
Inflorescence / Flower : Inflorescence panicle.
Fruit and Seed : Berry ellipsoid, 1.4 cm long; seeds 1.

Ecology :

In semi-evergreen forests up to 800 m.

Distribution :

Western_Ghats and Sri Lanka; in the Western_Ghats frequent in Central Sahyadri and rare in South Sahyadri.

Literatures :

Wall., Pl. Asiat. Rar. 2: 72. 1831; Gamble, Fl. Madras 2: 1226. 1993 (re. ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 395. 2004; Saldanha, Fl. Karnataka 1: 59. 1996.

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