Ochna obtusata DC - OCHNACEAE

Synonym : Ochna squarrosa Bennet.

Vernacular names : Tamil: Padalakkonai; Panjaram

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Botanical descriptions Distribution Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Small trees up to 8 m tall.
Trunk & Bark : Bark greyish, smooth; blaze pinkish.
Branches and branchlets : Branchlets terete, lenticellate, glabrous.
Leaves : Leaves simple, alternate, distichous; stipules caducous and leaving scar; petioles ca. 0.4 cm long, planoconvex, glabrous; lamina 16 x 5 cm, elliptic or elliptic-oblong to obovate, apex acute to rounded, base acute to rounded, margin serrate, shining above, chartaceous, glabrous beneath; midrib raised above; secondary_nerves ca. 12 pairs, ascending towards apex; tertiary_nerves slender, reticulo-percurrent.
Inflorescence / Flower : Inflorescence axillary or lateral racemes; flowers yellow; pedicels up to 2.5 cm long.
Fruit and Seed : Drupe, 3-5 distinct drupes seated on the enlarged disk; seeds 1 drupe.

Distribution :

South Asia; in the Western_Ghats- South, Central and Maharashtra Sahyadris.

Literatures :

Syst. Veg. 2: 597. 1825; Gamble, Fl. Madras 1: 165.1997 (re.ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 85. 2004; Saldanha, Fl. Karnataka 1: 189. 1984; Cook, Fl. Bombay 1: 196. 1903; Almeida, Fl. Maharashtra 1:216. 19.

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