Clausena anisata (Willd.) J.Hk. ex Benth. - RUTACEAE

Synonym : Clausena dentata (Willd.) Roemer; Amyris dentata Willd. & Clausena willdenovii Wt. & Arn.

Vernacular names : Tamil: Kattu-veppilai, Kattukarveppilai, PothiMalayalam: Kattukariveppila, Kariveppila, Suganthaveppu, Potti

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literature

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Small trees.
Trunk\bark : Bark reddish brown, scaly; blaze pink.
Branchlets : Young branchlets terete, grey pubescent.
Leaves : Leaves compound, usually imparipinnate, sometimes paripinnate, cluster at twig ends, alternate, spiral, 13-26 cm long; rachis terete, grey pubescent, sometimes glabrescent; petiolule 0.2 cm long; leaflets 7-13 pairs, 2.5-8 (-12) x 1.3-3.5 (-6.5) cm, generally increase in size towards apex, ovate with unequal sides, apex acuminate with retuse tip, base asymmetric, margin entire to crenulate, chartaceous, glandular punctuate, usually grey pubescent on nerves and midrib on both surfaces, sometimes glabrescent; midrib raised above; secondary_nerves 7-11 pairs; tertiary_nerves broadly reticulate.
Flowers : Inflorescence axillary racemes; flowers white, tetramerous.
Fruit& seed : Berry, globose, 1.3 cm across; seeds oblong.

Ecology :

Undergrowth in evergreen to semi-evergreen forests up to 800 m.

Distribution :

India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Africa; in the Western_Ghats- throughout.

Literature :

Hooker, Niger Fl. 256. 1849; Syn. Hesper. 1: 44. 1846; Gamble, Fl. Madras 1: 155. 1997 (re. ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 80. 2004; Cook, Fl. Bombay 1: 183.1903; Almeida, Fl. Maharashtra 1:205. 1996; Sal.

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