Antidesma bunius (L.) Spreng - EUPHORBIACEAE

Synonym : Stilago bunius L.

Vernacular names : Tamil: Nolaidali  Malayalam: Airyaporiyan, Cerutali, Nulittali

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Trees up to 5 m tall.
Branches and Branchlets : Young branchlets terete, slightly pubescent.
Leaves : Leaves simple, alternate, spiral; petiole ca. 0.5 cm long; lamina 7-18 x 1.5-4 cm, elliptic-oblong to lanceolate, apex acuminate, base acute to obtuse, glabrous and sometimes shining and dark green above; midrib canaliculate above; secondary_nerves 5-8 pairs, looped; tertiary_nerves reticulate.
Inflorescence / Flower : Inflorescence axillary or terminal; flowers unisexual, dioecious; male flowers in thick 8-10 cm long glabrous spikes, sessile; female flowers in racemes.
Fruit and Seed : Drupes; 1-seeded.

Ecology :

Understorey trees in evergreen forests, up to 900 m.

Distribution :

Indomalaysia, Australia and South China; in the Western_Ghats- South and Central Sahyadris.

Literatures :

Syst. Veg. 1. 826. 1825; Gamble, Fl. Madras 2: 1297. 1993 (re. ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 409. 2004; Saldanha, Fl. Karnataka 2: 116. 1996.

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