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Aglaia odorata Lour., Fl. Cochinch. 173. 1790; Wight, Icon. Pl. Ind. Orient. t. 511. 1841; Hiern in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 554. 1875; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 181. 1915.


Shrub or small tree; young shoots rusty stellate-lepidote. Leaves 3-foliolate, 5 - 15 cm long; leaflets ovate or ovate-oblong, obtuse or tapering at both ends, entire along margins, 2.5 - 8 x 0.8 - 4 cm, thinly coriaceous, glabrous on both surfaces; secondary nerves 8 on each side; venation indistinct; terminal leaflet the largest; petiolules short. Panicles lax, longer than leaves. Flowers ca 2.5 mm long, yellow, fragrant; pedicels almost as long as flower. Calyx 5-lobed; lobes elliptic. Petals 5, orbicular or suborbicu-lar, unequal. Staminal tube campanulate with 5 broad, truncate teeth; anthers 5,elliptic, included.

Cultivated in gardens in south India for its sweet-scented flowers.

Also cultivated in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore. Distributed in Thailand, Java and China.




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