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Commiphora pubescens (Wight & Arn.) Engl. in A. & C. DC., Monogr. Phan. 4: 21. 1883; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 171. 1915. Protium pubescens Wight & Arn., Prodr. 176. 1834; A.W. Bennett in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 530. 1875.


Trees, up to 6 m high; branchlets pubescent. Leaves alternate; leaflets 3 - 7, ovate or obovate, ovate-lanceolate or ovate-elliptic, 1.8 - 13.5 x 1.4 - 6 cm, sparsely pubescent above, pubescent beneath, obtuse or cuneate at base, entire along margins, acute to acuminate at apex, terminal leaflet petiolulate, larger; the laterals subsessile. Panicles cymose, axillary, bracteate, dichotomously branched, puberulous. Flowers yellowish-red. Calyx campanulate, ca 2 x 2 mm, 4-lobed; lobes ovate, obtuse or acute, pubescent outside, persistent. Petals 4, oblong to oblanceolate, 4 - 5.5 mm long, apiculate and reflexed at tip. Stamens 8, free, inserted on or along margins of disk, 2.5 - 4.5 mm long. Disk enclosed in calyx. Pistillode small in male flowers. Drupes ovoid to obovoid, 0.9 - 1.2 x 0.7 - 1.2 cm; pyrenes 1 or 2; seed solitary.

Fl. & Fr. April - Dec.

Distrib. India: Tamil Nadu. W. Peninsula.

Endemic.




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