Actinodaphne malabarica N.P.Balakr.

 
  • Family : LAURACEAE
    (LAUREL FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Lauraceae
  • Synonym(s) : Actinodaphne hirsuta Hook.f.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Actinodaphne wightiana (Kuntze) Noltie
  • Vernacular name : Kambilivirinji, Malavirinji, Pattutthalli, Pukachan, Neyaram (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Tree
  • Habitat : Evergreen and semi-Evergreen forests
  • Comments / notes : Frequent in semi-evergreen to evergreen forests of the Ghats.
  • Key identification features : Large evergreen trees, branchlets fulvous pubescent, petiole thick, villous pubescent beneath when young. Inflorescence of sub-racemose umbels tawny-silky-pubescent. Perianth ovate-oblong. Berry globose.
  • Flower, Fruit : August-March
  • Collector(s) Name : F.M.Jarrett, C.J.Saldanha & T.P.Ramamoorthy; S.R.Ramesh & P.Prakash
  • Collection Nos : HFP 812, KFP 6574, KFP 2300
  • Collection Locality : Hullahalli (Hassan); Magundi-Balehole (Chikmagalur)
  • Distribution :
    • Karnataka : Chikkamagaluru district, Dakshina Kannada district, Hassan district, Kodagu (Coorg) district, Shivamogga district
    • Kerala : Kannur district, Wayanad district, Palakkad district, Thrissur district, Idukki district, Kottayam district, Pathanamthitta district, Kollam district, Thiruvananthapuram district
  • Native : India
  • Endemism : Western Ghats
  • World Distribution : India
  • Conservation Status : Vulnerable (VU)
  • Literature : Saldanha & Nicolson, 1976 - Flora of Hassan district, Karnataka; Flora of Karnataka, Saldanha, 1984; Balakrishna Gowda & A.N. Sringesh 2004 – Sringeri (checklist unpublished); Keshava Murthy & Yoganarasimhan, 1990 - Flora of Coorg district, Karnataka state; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014- Flora of South Kanara; Sasidharan, N. 2011.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=Actinodaphne malabarica. Downloaded on 18 August 2019.

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