Chukrasia tabularis A. Juss. - MELIACEAE

Vernacular names : Tamil: Aglay; Maleiveppu; Malayalam: Akil; Chandanaveppu; Chuvannakil; Karadi; MalaveppuKannada: Kalgarike; Kaalaadhi; Karadi; Paaruli; Dalmara; Kal-hathuri; Uruli

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Tall deciduous trees, up to 30 m tall.
Trunk & Bark : Bark reddish-brown with thin irregular flakes; blaze reddish.
Branches and branchlets : Young branchlets terete, lenticellate, greyish velvety pubescent.
Leaves : Leaves compound, paripinnate, 12-50 cm long, alternate, spiral, pulvinate; rachis 16 cm long, pubescent; petiolule 0.2-1 cm long; leaflets 10-24, alternate or subopposite, (sometimes 1 or 2 pairs when young), 5-13 x 2.5-6.5 cm, often lower leaflets are smaller than above, narrow ovate to lanceolate, apex narrowly acuminate, base asymmetric, margin entire, chartaceous, pubescent beneath; midrib flat above; secondary_nerves 6-8 pairs, often forked; tertiary_nerves broadly reticulate or obscure.
Inflorescence / Flower : Inflorescence in terminal panicles, greyish velvety pubescent; flowers cream.
Fruit and Seed : Capsule, globose, to 4 cm across, 4-5 valved, glabrous; seeds many, broadly winged at base.

Ecology :

Canopy trees in evergreen to semi-evergreen and deciduous forests.

Distribution :

Indo-Burma; in the Western_Ghats- South, Central and Maharashtra Sahyadris.

Literatures :

Mem. Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris 19: 251. t. 22. 1830; Gamble, Fl. Madras 1: 186.1997 (re.ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 89. 2004; Saldanha, Fl. Karnataka 2: 232. 1996; Almeida Fl. Maharashtra 1: 224. 1996; Cook, Fl. Bombay 1:216. 1903.

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