|Scientific Name||Aporosa bourdillonii Stapf|
Flowering class: Dicot
Trees up to 8 m tall.
Branchlets terete, pubescent.
Leaves simple, alternate, spiral; petiole up to 1.5 cm long, tomentose; lamina 15 x 5.5 cm, oblong, apex caudate, base rounded to subacute, tomentose along midrib beneath; midrib raised above; secondary nerves 7-9 pairs, looped; tertiary nerves broadly reticulate.
Inflorescence axillary; flowers unisexual, dioecious; male flowers in axillary catkins, up to 1.5 cm long; female in short few flowered cymes.
Capsule 2 cm long, ovoid, beaked, softly echinate, tomentose; stigma persistent with 6 subulate lobes.
Habit: Small tree
Tree, 5-8 m high; young shoots adpressed tawny-pilose; branchlets brown, terete, 1-4 mm thick initially pilose, finally glabrous. Leaves oblong or elliptic-oblong or narrowly so, 10-17 cm long, 3-5.5 or broad, rounded or acute at base, entire along margins, obtusely acuminate or caudate (acumen or cauda 10-20 mm long) at apex, chartaceous to thinly coriaceous, glabrous above, sparsely ochraceous-pilose on midnerve and lateral nerves beneath (particularly towards base), dark brown above when dry, paler beneath; lateral nerves 6-9 pairs, obscure to faint above, prominent beneath, ascending, arcuate; tertiary nerves indistinct above, faint beneath, laxly reticulate to scalariform; petioles 10-20 mm long, 1-2 mm thick, puberulous to glabrous; stipules lanceolate-oblong, 5-8 mm long. Male inflorescence up to 1 cm long. Flowers: sepals 3, ovate-oblong, ca 1 x 0.5 mm; stamens 2-3, ca 1.2 mm long. Female: inflorescence 1-few together; peduncles 5-10 mm long, 1-flowered (at the apex), tawny-hirsute; bracts at intervals on axis, sepaline. Flowers:: sepals 4, oblong-lanceolate, 4-5 x 1.5-2 mm; ovary ovoid, 4-5 mm diameter, 3-locular, with numerous linear-subulate processes (processes up to 2 mm long, tawny-hirtellous); styles 3, 4-7 mm long, bifid, thick, hirtellous. Capsules ovoid, 15-20 x 15-20 mm, 3-locular, processes linear, up to 3 mm long, hirtellous.
Flowering and fruiting: March-April
Understorey trees in low elevation evergreen forests up to 200 m.
Notes: Evergreen & Semi- evergreen Forests . Endemic to Southern Western Ghats (Kerala)
Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests
Southern Western Ghats (Kerala)
State - Kerala, District/s: Kollam, Thrissur
Endemic to the Western Ghats- South Sahyadri.
Kerala: Kollam, Thrissur
Southern Western Ghats
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