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Nothopegia racemosa (Dalz.) Ramamurthy in Saldanha & Nicholson, Fl. Hassan Dist. 377. 1976. Glycycarpus racemosus Dalz. in J. As. Soc. Bombay 3: 69. 1849. Nothopegia dalzellii Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras. 1: 265. 1918. N. colebrookiana Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 40. 1876. (non Blume, 1850). N. dalzellii Gambel var. angustifolia Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1: 265. 1918.

Small trees; branches glabrous. Leaves variable in shape, obovate, oblanceolate, oblong, or elliptic-Ianceolate, 15 - 19 x 4.5 - 5 cm, abruptly acuminate, puberulous beneath, coriaceous; petioles 1.5 -2 cm long, glabrous. Racemes axillary, 2 - 4 cm long, rusty pubescent. Male flower buds 1 mm in diam. Calyx lobes broadly ovate, pubescent above with many longitudinal swellings beneath. Petals oblong, 0.5 x 0.3 mm, incurved, with a single, thick, mid nerve, glabrous, except ciliated hairs on the midnerve. Stamens 0.5 mm long. Disc 0.5 mm in diam. Bisexual flowers 2 mm across. Sepals as in male flowers. Petals 3 x 1 mm, with many longitudinal swellings. Stamens 1.5 mm long. Ovary 2 mm in diam., sessile; stigma obscurely 3-lobed. Drupes subconic oval, 3 mm in diam., compressed.

Fl. & Fr. : Nov. - March.

Distrib. India : Western ghats, ascending up to 1650 m. Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Endemic.

Notes. Almeida (Fl. Maharashtra 1: 290. 1996) considers this species as a synonym of Nothopega castaneaefolia (Roth) Ding Hou.

Uses. The wood is used as timber. The fruit is edible.

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