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Aglaia talbotii Sund. in Bull. Bot. Surv. India 10: 184. 1969. A. littoralis Talbot, Syst. List Trees Bombay ed. 2, 76. 1902 & Forest Fl. Bombay 1: 235. 1909, non Miq. & Zipp. 1886.


Shrub or small tree, to 4 m high. Leaves 5-foliolate, 8 - 25 cm long; leaflets obovate or elliptic, 4 - 12 x 0.8 - 1.3 cm, thinly subcoriaceous, glabrous, dark-green, shining above, pale-green beneath; secondary nerves 8 - 10 on each side; nerves prominent beneath; petiolules 2.5 - 3.5 mm long. Panicles much longer than leaves, densely flowered. Flowers polygamodioecious, subglobose, minute, yellowish; pedicels short. Calyx 5-lobed, lobes imbricate. Petals 5, free, concave, imbricate. Staminal tube subglobose, glabrous; mouth obscurely 5-lobed; anthers 5, included. Ovary small, stellate-lepidote, 1 - 2-locular, 1 - 2-ovuled; style short; stigma ovoid. Berries somewhat obovoid, subacute, 1 - 2 cm long, leathery, bright-yellow, lepidote, 1 - 2-seeded.

Fl. & Fr. June - Feb.

Distrib. India: Goa and Karnataka.

Notes. According to Raghavan and Sharma (in Nayar & Sastry (ed.), Red Data Book of Indian Plants 1: 202.1982) it is endemic to the Western Ghats and confined to the coastal belt from North Kanara southwards but does not extend into Kerala. It was initially collected by Talbot during 1882 - 1896 as a very common plant but after that it was rediscovered only in 1964. Its rarity can be attributed to disturbance in its habitat.




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