Gomphandra tetrandra (Wall.) Sleumer - ICACINACEAE

Synonym : Gomphandra polymorpha Wt. ; Lasianthera tetrandraWall. ex Roxb.

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Trees up to 5 m tall.
Branches and Branchlets : Young branchlets terete, puberulous.
Leaves : Leaves simple, alternate, distichous; petiole 0.7-1.2 cm long, glabrous, canaliculate; lamina 8-15.5 x 1.5-6 cm, variable in shape oblong to elliptic-oblong, bluntly narrow acuminate to caudate-acuminate, base acute to slightly rounded, margin entire, membranous to chartaceous, glabrous; midrib canaliculate above; secondary_nerves 5-6 pairs, looped; tertiary_nerves obscure.
Inflorescence / Flower : Flowers white, in axillary short cymes.
Fruit and Seed : Drupe, cylindric-oblong; seed 1.

Ecology :

Understorey trees in low elevation wet evergreen forests up to 600 m.

Distribution :

Indomalaysia and Indochina; in the Western_Ghats- South and Central Sahyadris.

Literatures :

Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin- Dahlem 15: 238. 1940 & Blumea 17: 204. 1969; Gamble, Fl. Madras 1: 195. 1997 (re. ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 93. 2004; Saldanha, Fl. Karnataka 2: 105. 1996.

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