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|Scientific Name||Saraca asoca (Roxb.) Wilde|
Habit: Shrub to small tree
Small trees, up to 5 m tall.
Trunk often tubercled; bark lenticellate, dark, shallowly fissured; blaze purplish.
Branchlets terete, glabrous.
Leaves compound, paripinnate, alternate, distichous; stipules caducous; rachis pulvinate, 7-30 cm long; petiolule 0.1-0.6 cm long; leaflets opposite, 4-6 (-12) pairs, lamina 6-31 x 1.5-9 cm, narrow elliptic-oblong or lanceolate, apex acute to acuminate, base acute to rounded or subcordate, subcoriaceous, glabrous; midrib raised above; secondary nerves ca. 11 pairs, looped; tertiary nerves reticulate.
Inflorescence dense corymbs; flowers orange, sometimes white; fragrant.
Pod, flat, oblong, to 15 x 4.5 cm, apiculate; seeds obovate-orbiculate.
Understorey tree along stream in evergreen to semi-evergreen forests up to 600 m.
Notes: Evergreen forests. Also grown as ornamental.
India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar; in the Western Ghats- South, Central and South Maharashtra part of Sahyadris.
Maharashtra: Kolhapur, Pune, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Satara, Thane
Kerala: All districts