Cryptocarya anamalayana Gamble - LAURACEAE

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Status Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Trees up to 8 m tall.
Branches and Branchlets : Branchlets subterete, fulvous tomentose.
Leaves : Simple, alternate, spiral; petiole 1.2 cm long, fulvous tomentose; lamina 13 x 6.5 cm, elliptic-oblong, apex sharp acuminate, base acute, nerves fulvous tomentose on both sides, glaucous beneath; midrib raised; secondary_nerves ca. 8 pairs, tertiary_nerves strong, obliquely_percurrent.
Inflorescence / Flower : Flowers in short axillary fulvous panicles of cymes with prominent bracts and bracteoles.
Fruit and Seed : Drupe; seed 1.

Ecology :

Rare understorey trees in medium elevation evergreen forests between 1000 and 1400 m.

Distribution :

Endemic to the Western_Ghats- Agasthyamalai, Periyar Region and Anamalai in South Sahyadri.

Status :

Vulnerable (IUCN, 2000).

Literatures :

Kew Bull. 1925. 126; Gamble, Fl. Madras 2: 1218. 1993 (re. ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 397. 2004.

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