Apollonias arnottii Nees - LAURACEAE

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Trees up to 6 m tall.
Trunk & Bark : Bark grey, brownish, lenticellate.
Branches and Branchlets : Branches with architecture of “ Aubreville_model ”; branchlets terete, glabrous.
Leaves : Leaves simple, alternate, spiral, clustered at twig ends; petiole 0.5-1.2 cm, slightly canaliculate above, glabrous; lamina 8-18 x 1.7-3.8 cm, usually narrow elliptic, sometimes narrow oblanceolate, apex narrowly and gradually long acuminate, base acute to cuneate, margin entire, chartaceous, glabrous, slightly glaucous and sparsely puberulous beneath; midrib slightly canaliculate above; secondary_nerves 8-14 pairs, gradually curved and ascending; tertiary_nerves reticulo-percurrent.
Inflorescence / Flower : Flowers in axillary or subterminal racemes; pedicels filiform and long; anthers 2 celled.
Fruit and Seed : Drupaceous, globose or ovoid, seated on the persistent fruiting_perianth_lobes; seed 1.

Ecology :

Understorey trees in medium and high elevation wet evergreen forests, generally between 700 and 1800 m.

Distribution :

Endemic to the Western_Ghats- all along South Sahyadri and between Palakkad Hills and Wayanad.

Literatures :

Nees, Syst. Laurin. 670. 1836; Gamble, Fl. Madras 2: 1219. 1993 (re. ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 395. 2004.

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