Hopea glabra Wt. & Arn. - DIPTEROCARPACEAE

Synonym : Hopea wightiana Wall. ex Wt. & Arn. var. glabra(Wt. Arn.) Bedd.

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Trees ca. 20 m tall.
Trunk & Bark : Bark brownish.
Branches and Branchlets : Branchlets dark colored, terete, glabrous.
Leaves : Leaves simple, alternate, spiral; stipules caducous; petioles ca. 2 cm long; lamina 5.5-10 x 2-4 cm, ovate-lanceolate, apex gradually acute with blunt tip, base acute, glabrous; midrib flat above; secondary_nerves ca. 8 pairs, oblique, prominent above; tertiary_nerves closely_horizontally_percurrent.
Inflorescence / Flower : Inflorescence panicles, in axillary fascicles, often 1-3 together, as long as or longer than leaves; flowers creamy-yellow, ca. 0.6 cm long.
Fruit and Seed : Nut, ca. 1.8 cm long, ovoid or ellipsoid, apiculate, smooth; calyx_accrescent with two longer and three smaller lobes; seed 1.

Ecology :

Rare understorey tree in low and medium elevation evergreen forests up to 1000 m.

Distribution :

Endemic to the Western_Ghats- South Sahyadri and in Attapadi, Palakkad Hills.

Literatures :

Wight and Arnon, Prodr. 85. 1834; Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 44. 2004; Saldanha, Fl. Karnataka 1: 192. 1996.

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