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Bhesa indica (Beddome) Ding Hou in Blumea Suppl. 4: 152. 1958. Trochisandra indica Beddome, Fl. Sylv. 1: 120. 1871. Kurrimia bipartita M. Lawson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 622. 1875. K. indica Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 2: 207. 1918.

Tam.: Kadapla.

Trees, up to 20 m tall. Leaves oblong, ovate to lanceolate, up to 20 x 10 cm. Inflorescence axillary panicles, up to 15 cm long. Calyx lobes elliptic- lanceolate, 1 mm long. Petals 5, obovate-oblong to elliptic-oblong, obtuse 2.5 mm long. Filaments, inserted on the margin of the disc, continuous with it; anthers introrse. Ovary subglobose, 1 x 2 mm, more or less glabrous; style almost divided to the base. Disc flat, subentire. Fruits 2-lobed, sometimes one lobe abortive, 2.5-3.5 cm long. Seeds more or less ellipsoid, partly arillate.

Fl. & Fr. : Dec. - May.

Distrib. India: Western Ghats, 1000 - 2000 m. Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Myanmar, Thailand and Malay Peninsula.

Notes. The Fruits are edible. The wood is used as timber.


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