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Elaeocarpus amoenus Thwaites, Enum. Pl. Zeyl. 32. 1858; Masters in Fl. Brit. India 1: 404. 1874.


Trees, 15 - 20 m tall, much branched; young parts finely appressed hairy. Leaves 5 - 10 x 1.5 - 5 cm, lanceolate, oblong or ovate, usually tapering at both ends, cuneate or acute at base, acuminate or obtuse at apex, crenate-serrate, rather thick, glabrous, glandular beneath, veins prominent beneath, with glandular pits in their axils; petioles 8 - 20 mm long. Racemes arising from axils of fallen leaves, spreading or drooping. Flower buds ovate-lanceolate or globose, pilose; flowers 1 - 1.5 cm across; white, pedicels 8 - 10 mm long. Sepals 5 - 6 mm long, lanceolate, acute, pilose, reddish. Petals 8 - 10 mm long, cuneate, laciniate. Stamens 18 - 30; filaments as long as anthers, pilose; anthers 2 mm long, beardless, puberulous. Ovary 5-loculed, pilose; styles 2 - 3 mm long. Drupes 1.5 - 3 cm across, globose, smooth; pyrenes spherical, tubercled, with 3 vertical grooves, 1-celled, 1-seeded.

Fl. Sept. - Oct.; Fr. March - April.

Distrib. India: Moist semi evergreen forests between 1500 and 2000 m. Tamil Nadu.

Sri Lanka.




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