Cinnamomum riparium Gamble - LAURACEAE

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Status Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Trees up to 7 m tall.
Branches and Branchlets : Branchlets, terete, slender, glabrous.
Leaves : Leaves simple, opposite to subopposite; petiole to 1 cm long, planoconvex in cross section, glabrous; lamina 18 x 1.5 cm, linear-lanceolate, apex tapered and acute or slightly acuminate, base acute to rounded, glabrous, chartaceous; trinerved basal or suprabasal, laterals not reaching leaf apex; tertiary_nerves horizontally_percurrent; higher order nerves minutely reticulate.
Inflorescence / Flower : Inflorescence axillary or subterminal panicled cymes, few to more flowered; peduncle slender.
Fruit and Seed : Berry; seed 1.

Ecology :

Rare, along streams in evergreen forests up to 1200 m.

Distribution :

Endemic to the Western_Ghats- rare in South and Central Sahyadris.

Status :

Vulnerable (IUCN, 2000).

Literatures :

Kew Bull. 1925. 128. 1925; Bull.Bot.Surv. India 25: 114. 1983; Gamble, Fl. Madras 2: 1224. 1993 (re. ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 396. 2004; Saldanha, Fl. Karnataka 1: 62. 1996.

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