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Elaeocarpus gaussenii Weibel in Candollea 27: 17. 1972.


Trees, 10 - 20 m tall; branchlets more or less densely short grey silky. Leaves 6.5 - 7.5 x 3.5 - 4.5 cm, elliptic or obovate, broadly or narrowly cuneate at base, obtuse or rounded at apex, serrate, teeth often with persistent subulate glands, glabrous above, more or less densely appressed short hirtus beneath ultimately glabrous, pustulate when dry, veins scarcely prominent; petioles 1 - 1.5 cm long, sparsely appressed short hirtus or glabrous, channelled above. Racemes 5 - 6 cm long, axillary, 15 - 20-flowered. Flower-buds narrowly ovoid, acute, sparsely appressed short hirtus; flowers white, 4 - 5 mm across; pedicels sparsely appressed short hirtus or glabrate. Sepals 4 - 4.5 mm long. lanceolate, acute, sparsely thinly appressed hirtus or glabrous, pustulate without, velvety along margin. Petals 5 mm long, glabrous, broader towards apex, laciniate into 15 linear segments, more or less united at base forming 3 lobes. Disc annular, velvety, deeply furrowed opposite petals, scarely furrowed opposit sepals. Stamens 17 - 20, hirtellous filaments 8 - 1 mm long, erect or recurved; anthers 1.5 mm long, bearded at apex. ovary broadly ovoid, densely sericeous at base. Drupes 2.5 mm long, broadly ovoid, rounded at base and apex, laterally compressed; pyrenes broadly ellipsoid, longitudinally and narrowly 3-grooved, obsoletely obtuse-tuberculate.

Fl. April; Fr. Oct.

Distrib. India: In moist evergreen forests at 1500 m. Tamil Nadu.

Endemic.




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