Atalantia racemosa Wt. - RUTACEAE


Vernacular names : Tamil: Kattu naragam, Naivella, Kuranga Malayalam: Kattunaragam, Malanaragam

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literature

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Shrubs or small trees ca. 4 m tall.
Trunk\bark : Bark brownish, smooth; blaze yellowish.
Branchlets : Branches with long spines; Branchlets terete, glabrous.
Leaves : Leaves simple, alternate, spiral; petiole 0.5-1 cm long, planoconvex in cross section, glabrous, articulate; lamina 4.5-9 x 2.5-5 cm, elliptic to elliptic-ovate, apex emarginate, base acute to rounded, margin entire, coriaceous, glabrous, glandular punctate, drying olive green; midrib raised above; secondary_nerves 10-18 pairs; tertiary_nerves admedially ramified.
Flowers : Inflorescence axillary short cymes; flowers white; pedicel 0.4 cm long; stamens connate.
Fruit& seed : Berry globose, to 1.9 cm long; seeds 4.

Ecology :

Undergrowth in evergreen forests up to 1000 m.

Distribution :

Peninsular India and Sri Lanka; in the Western_Ghats- South, Central and south Maharashtra Sahyadris.

Literature :

Bull. Soc. Bot. France 75: 714. 1928; Gamble, Fl. Madras 1: 159.1997 (re. ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 78. 2004; Cook, Fl. Bombay 1: 187.1903; Almeida, Fl. Maharashtra 1:199. 1996; Saldanha, Fl. Karnata.

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