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Connarus wightii Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 51. 1876. Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 273. 1918; Schellenb. in Engl., Das Pflanzenr. 103: 227. 1938. C. ritchiei Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 51. 1876.

Shrubs or medium sized Hanas; branches glabrous. Leaves 1 - 3-jugate; rachis 4 - 21 cm long, glabrous; leaflets elliptic to oblong-elliptic, 6 - 12 x 2.5 - 5 cm, abruptly acuminate with blunt tip, rounded at the base, coriaceous, glabrous; main nerves 5 - 8 pairs, finely reticulate. Inflorescence terminal or pseudoterminal panicles, rusty pubescent. Flowers crowded, ca 5 mm long· Sepals ovate-oblong, 2 - 3 mm long, obtuse, both sides tomentose. Petals ca 6 mm long, obtuse, outer surface puberulous inside, glandular, punctate. Follicle 3.5 x 2 cm, compressed, narrowed at the base, slightly oblique; stipe about 5 mm long, shining; pericarp striate on the outer surface, chestnut coloured, narrowly keeled at the sutures, valves glabrous within. Seeds shining black with an aril.

Fl. & Fr. : Oct. - May.

Distrib. India: Western Ghats, in evergreen forests up to 400 m. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.


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