Drypetes roxburghii (Wall.) Hurusawa - EUPHORBIACEAE

Synonym : Putranjiva roxburghiiWall.

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Trees up to 12 m tall.
Trunk & Bark : Bark dark grey with horizontal lenticels.
Branches and Branchlets : Branches slender drooping; branchlets angular, pubescent when young.
Leaves : Leaves simple, alternate, distichous; stipule triangular, acute, caducous; petiole 0.4-1 cm long, nearly glabrous, planoconvex in cross section; lamina 5- 9.5 x 1.5-3.5 cm, elliptic-oblong to elliptic-ovate, apex acute or slightly acuminate with blunt tip, base asymmetric, margin serrate, chartaceous, dark green and shining, glabrous; midrib nearly flat above; secondary_nerves 9-12 pairs, slender; tertiary_nerves reticulate.
Inflorescence / Flower : Flower unisexual; male flowers in axillary clusters; female flowers axillary, solitary.
Fruit and Seed : Drupe, ellipsoid, with persistent style; seed 1.

Ecology :

In dry evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, up to 600 m.

Distribution :

Indomalaysia; in the Western_Ghats- in dry zones of South, Central and south Maharashtra Sahyadris.

Literatures :

J. Fac. Sci. Univ. Tokyo, Sect. 3, Bot. 6: 337. 1954; Gamble, Fl. Madras 2: 1311. 1993 (re. ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 415. 2004; Saldanha, Fl. Karnataka 2: 131. 1996.

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