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Sageraea laurifolia (Graham) Blatter in J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 34: 294. 1931. Guatteria lauriflolia Graham, Cat. Bombay Pl. 4. 1839. Bocagea dalzellii (Beddome) Hook. f. & Thomson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 92. 1872, p. p. Sageraea laurina Dalz. in Hooker's J. Bot. Gard. Misc. Kew 3: 207. 1851.

Kan.: Sarare, Mar.: Sageri.

Trees, medium-sized. Leaves oblong-lanceolate, cuneate or somtimes rounded at base, acute at apex, glabrous; petioles ca 1 cm long. Flowers solitary or in small fascicles on short tubercles below the leaves, sometimes axillary with a few scaly bracts at the base of the pedicels. Sepals slightly connate at base, ca 1.5 mm across, minutely ciliate along margins. Petals concave, 5 - 8 mm across, glabrous, except the ciliate margin, white: Stamens in 2 rows, outer sometimes sterile and flattened, variable in size and shape; connectives broad. Carpels 3 - 5, elliptic-ovate, ca 2 mm long, glabrous; stigma sessile, capitate; ovules 8 - 10. Ripe carpels 1 - 2, glabrous, ca 2.5 cm across, wrinkled when dry. Seed 1.

Fl. Oct. - Nov.; Fr. Jan. - Feb.

Distrib. India: Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Endemic to Western Ghats.


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