Symplocos obtusa Wall. ex G. Don - SYMPLOCACEAE


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Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Small trees up to 8m tall.
Branchlets : Young branchlets angular to subterete, glabrous.
Leaves : Leaves simple, alternate, spiral; petiole 1-2 cm long, planoconvex in cross section, glabrous; lamina 5-12.5 x 2-5 cm, elliptic to obovate, apex obtuse, base attenuate, margin serrate and slightly recurved, glabrous; midrib canaliculate above; secondary_nerves 5-10 pairs, looped near margin; tertiary_nerves obliquely and distantly percurrent.
Flowers : Inflorescence axillary racemes, 2-15 cm long; pedicel up to 0.4 cm long.
Fruit& seed : Drupe, ellipsoid, 1.6 cm long.

Ecology :

In high elevation evergreen forests between 1800 and 2400 m.

Distribution :

South India and Sri Lanka; in the Western_Ghats- Nilgiris and Anaimalai.

Literature :

Gen. Hist. 4: 3. 1837-1838; Gamble, Fl. Madras 2: 783. 1993 (re.ed.); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 274. 2004; Nooteb., Rev. Symplocac. 244. 1975.

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