|Scientific Name||Leea indica (Burm.f.) Merr.|
Flowering class: Dicot
Habit: Shrub to Small Tree
Shrubs to small trees. Leaves 2 or 3-pinnate, leaflets 11-14 x 3-5 cm, oblong or elliptic-lanceolate, apex caudate-acuminate, serrate-dentate; lateral nerves 12-15 pairs, intercostae parallel, curved; stipules obovate-obtuse, to 5 x 4 cm. Young leaves bright-red. Cymes to 6 x 8 cm, peduncles 3-4 cm long, paired, axillary. Flowers greenish-white. Staminal tube shortly lobed at apex, anthers combined. Berry purple, ca. 6 mm across; seeds densely red-glandular.
Large shrubs or small trees, up to 5 m tall.
Stems several to single, often with stilt roots.
Young branchlets angled, glabrescent.
Leaves compound, bipinnate to tripinnate, alternate, spiral; rachis 10-20 cm, long; petiolules 0.5-2.5 cm; stipules purple, sheathing, obovate-oblong, glabrous; leaflets 6-21 x 3.5-7.5 cm, ovate to lanceolate, apex acuminate to caudate, base acute to rounded, margin serrate to dentate, glabrous, chartaceous, drying brown; midrib raised above; secondary nerves 7-12 pairs; tertiary nerves reticulo-percurrent.
Inflorescence corymbose cymes; calyx green, petals cream.
Berry, depressed, globose, ca.0.7 cm across, purple black; seeds 4-6.
Flowering and fruiting: March-August
Common undergrowth in secondary and disturbed evergreen forests.
Notes: Western Ghats & Eastern Ghats, Moist Deciduous Forests
Degraded semi-evergreen and evergreen forests, also in the plains
Maharashtra: Common throughout
Kerala: All districts
Tamil Nadu: Coimbatore, Dindigul, Kanniyakumari, Madurai, Namakkal, Nilgiri, Salem, Theni, Tiruchchirappalli, Tirunelveli
Indo-Malesia, China and Australia
State - Kerala, District/s: All Districts
Indomalaysia, Indochina, Australia and Pacific Islands; in the Western Ghats- through out.