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Glycosmis angustifolia Lindl. in Wallich ex Wight & Arn., Prodr. 1: 93. 1834, quoad Wallich Num. List. No. 6378-HB. Heyne excl. specim. Wight 315. G. pentaphylla var. 2, subvar angustifolia, Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 500. 1875. G. triphylla Wight var. angustifolia Kurz in J. Bot. 14: 37. 1876.

Shrubs, up to 3 m high; branchlets cylindric, glabrate or ferruginously tomentulose when young; bark shiny, smooth or longitudinally fissured, brownish on drying. Leaves pinnate, up to 10 cm long; leaflets 3 - 5, alternate or subopposite, shortly petiolulate, oblanceolate or elliptic-lanceolate, cuneate at base, obtusely acute or acuminate at apex, entire along margins, 5.5 - 7.5 x 1.5 - 2 cm, coriaceous, glabrous; secondary nerves 7 - 9 pairs, slender, faint above,prominent beneath, finely reticulate. Inflorescences axillary, short, condensed, paniculate cymes, up to 1.5 cm long, puberulent to ferruginous pubescent; pedicels short, ca 0.5 mm long, glabrous or nearly so. Sepals 5, ovate, acute, ca 1 mm long, puberulent with ciliolate margins. Petals 5, oblong, obtusely acuminate, ca 4.5 x 1.5 mm, glandular, glabrous. Stamens 10; filaments ca 3.5 mm long, strap-shaped, flat below, inner surface with a central ridge near apex, glabrous; anthers ellipsoid, ca 0.5 mm long, apiculate. Ovary ovoid-cylindric, glabrous, 3-locular, each locule with one ovule, ca 1.5 mm long; style not clearly marked from ovary; stigma obtuse. Berries globose (or subglobose), ca 10 mm across, cream or becoming pink when ripe, rind glandular; seed usually single per berry.

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

Distrib. India: Semievergreen forests of southern W. Ghats, up to 800 m altitude. Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Sri Lanka.


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