|Scientific Name||Drypetes sepiaria (Wight & Arn.) Pax & K.Hoffm.|
Flowering class: Dicot
Evergreen trees, to 15 m high, bark grey, thin, smooth; branchlets yellowish or blackish, terete. Leaves simple, alternate; stipules small, caducous; petiole 3-8 mm, stout, puberulent; lamina 2-9 x 1.5-4.5 cm, ovate, elliptic, ovate-oblong, ovate-elliptic or orbicular, base round or cordate, apex obtuse or round and retuse, margin entire or crenate, thickly coriaceous, glabrous, shining; lateral nerves 4-8 pairs, slender, pinnate, obscure, ascending, intercostae reticulate, obscure. Flowers unisexual, yellowish, in axillary clusters; male flowers: pedicel 4-7 mm, pubescent; tepals 4, 3-4 x 2.5-3.5 mm, small, concave, ciliate, obtuse, imbricate; stamens 6-10; filaments 2 mm, free; anthers oblong; disc disciform or shortly cupular; female flowers: pedicel 1-10 mm long, pubescent; tepals 4, 2-4 x 1.7-3.5 mm, small, concave, ciliate; disc annular, crenate; ovary ovoid, 1-1.5 mm across, 1-locular, ovules 2; style 1; stigma broad, cupular, peltate, fimbriate. Fruit a drupe 8 mm across, globose, glabrous, red; epicarp crinkled; seed 1, arillate.
Habit: A small, dioecious evergreen tree, upto 5m.
Flowering and fruiting: January-April
In axillary fascicles; cream. Flowering from January-April.
A globose drupe, green to red, epicarp crinkled; seeds arillate. Fruiting March onwards.
Leaves unequal at base.
Notes: Dry Evergreen to Dry Deciduous
Dry and moist deciduous forests, also the sacred groves in the plains
Karnataka: N. Kanara
Kerala: Alapuzha, Idukki, Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram
Tamil Nadu: All districts
Found in deciduous forests and scrub jungles from foothills to 600m. Common. Peninsular India and Sri Lanka.
Peninsular India and Sri Lanka
State - Kerala, District/s: Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Kollam, Idukki