Ligustrum gamblei Ramamoorthy - OLEACEAE

Synonym : Ligustrum roxburghii Clarke

Vernacular names : Tamil: Sittilingi

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Small trees up to 5 m tall.
Trunk & Bark : Bark lenticellate.
Branches and branchlets : Young branchlets terete, minutely pubescent, lenticellate.
Leaves : Leaves simple, opposite, distichous, sometimes subopposite; petiole 0.6-1.3 cm long, canaliculate; lamina 5.5-11 x 3-4 cm, lanceolate, oblong-lanceolate, apex gradually tapering to acuminate with mucronate tip, base attenuate, margin entire, chartaceous, glabrous beneath; midrib canaliculate above; secondary_nerves 5-9 pairs, slender; tertiary_nerves obscure.
Inflorescence / Flower : Inflorescence terminal thyrsoid panicles, pubescent, up to 20 cm long; flowers white, fragrant.
Fruit and Seed : Drupe, oblong, ca. 1 cm long, dark purple; seeds 1-3.

Ecology :

Along margin of evergreen to semi-evergreen forests up to 1800 m.

Distribution :

Endemic to the Western_Ghats- South and Central Sahyadris.

Literatures :

Saldanha & Nicolson, Fl. Hassan Dist. 513. 1976; Gamble, Fl. Madras 2: 797.1993 (re.ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 278. 2004.

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