Symplocos wynadense (O. Ktze.) Noot. - SYMPLOCACEAE

Synonym : Eugeniodes wynadense O. Ktze.; Symplocos acuminata Bedd.

Vernacular names : Malayalam: Pachotii, Podipari

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literature

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Small trees up to 7 m tall.
Branchlets : Young branchlets subterete, hairy when young, later glabrous.
Leaves : Leaves simple, alternate, spiral; petiole up to 0.5-1.4 cm long, planoconvex in cross section, glabrous when mature; lamina 4.5-10 x 2-3.5 cm, ovate -elliptic, apex caudate-acuminate with mucronate tip, base attenuate - decurrent, margin serrate and recurved, glabrous when mature, greenish when dry; midrib canaliculate above; secondary_nerves ca. 5 pairs; tertiary_nerves obscure or broadly reticulate.
Flowers : Inflorescence axillary racemes, up to 14 cm long, tomentose; pedicel ca. 0.5 cm long.
Fruit& seed : Drupe, ellipsoid or oblong, ca. 1.2 cm long; seeds 1-2.

Ecology :

Rare undergrowth in wet evergreen forests between 1000 and 1600 m.

Distribution :

Endemic to the southern Western_Ghats- Agasthyamalai, Varshanad and Wayanad hills.

Literature :

Nooteb. Rev. Symplocac. 293. 1975; Gamble, Fl. Madras 2: 783. 1993 (re.ed.); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 275. 2004; Nooteb., Rev. Symplocac. 293. 1975.

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