Antidesma alexiteria L. - EUPHORBIACEAE

Synonym : Antidesma zeylanicum Lam.

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Trees up to 5 m tall.
Trunk & Bark : Bark grey, fissured; blaze pale yellow.
Branches and Branchlets : Branchlets slender, drooping, spreading, subglabrous.
Leaves : Leaves simple, alternate, distichous; stipules small, 0.2 cm long, ovate-triangular, slightly pubescent; petiole 0.15-0.3 cm long, canaliculate, subglabrous; lamina 5-9 x 1.4-2.7 cm, narrow elliptic, apex gradually bluntly acuminate with mucronate tip, base acute to cuneate or slightly oblique, margin entire, chartaceous, midrib flat above; secondary_nerves ca. 10 pairs, looped; tertiary_nerves reticulate.
Inflorescence / Flower : Inflorescence terminal spikes; Flowers unisexual, dioecious.
Fruit and Seed : Drupe, red, ovoid, small; 1-seeded.

Ecology :

Understorey trees in evergreen forests, up to 1000 m.

Distribution :

Western_Ghats and Sri Lanka; in the Western_Ghats- South Sahyadri.

Literatures :

Sp. Pl. 1027. 1753 p.p.; Gamble, Fl. Madras 2: 1297. 1993 (re. ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 409. 2004.

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