Scolopia crenata (Wight & Arn.) Clos

 
  • Family : FLACOURTIACEAE
    (FLACOURTIA FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Salicaceae
  • Basionym : Phoberos crenatus Wight & Arn.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Unresolved name
  • Common name : The 'Potato' Plum of Mysore
  • Vernacular name : Kodali mara, Malekakkade (Kannada); Sekkada, Purushakesari (Tamil); Putta pondru (Telugu); Charalu, Cherakanji, Kakkamaram, Mullukara, Saralamaram (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Tree
  • Habitat : Evergreen and semi-Evergreen forests, also at the border of sholas
  • Comments / notes : Rare in evergreen forests of Eastern Ghats above 900m. Bark is diuretic, locals use the young fruit to treat night blindness and flowers are used in treatment of eye diseases (Benjamin & G.V.S.Murthy).
  • Flower, Fruit : April-December
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Kadapa district, Chittoor district
    • Kerala : Kannur district, Wayanad district, Kozhikode district, Malappuram district, Palakkad district, Thrissur district, Idukki district, Pathanamthitta district, Kollam district, Thiruvananthapuram district
    • Maharashtra : Konkan, Ghats
    • Tamil Nadu : Kolli Hills (Namakkal district), Sirumalai Hills (Dindigul district)
  • World Distribution : Indo-Malesia
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2002 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 1; Sankar,R.V., R. Kottaimuthu & K. Ravikumar (2009). Additions to the flora of Sirumalai Hills, Eastern Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 1(7): 379-381; Franklin Benjamin & G.V.S.Murthy, 2013. Flora of Sri Venkateswara National Park, Andhra Pradesh, BSI.; Matthew, K.M., Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; Henry, Kumari & Chithra (1983). Flora of Tamil Nadu, India vol. 1; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Scolopia crenata. Downloaded on 22 September 2019.

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