Cryptocarya wightiana Thwaites

 
  • Family : LAURACEAE
    (LAUREL FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Lauraceae
  • Synonym(s) : Cryptocarya bourdillonii Gamble
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Cryptocarya wightiana Thwaites
  • Vernacular name : Handalayi (Kannada)
  • Habit : Tree
  • Habitat : Evergreen and semi-Evergreen forests
  • Comments / notes : Bark smells and tastes like Cinnamomum; crushed leaves smell like mango leaves. Occasional in semi-evergreen to evergreen forests of the Western ghats.
  • Flower, Fruit : March-September
  • Collection Nos : KFP 13537, B.R.Ramesh 307, R.P.Patil 2528, Talbot 2879, Cramer 4717
  • Distribution :
    • Karnataka : Chikkamagaluru district, Dakshina Kannada district, DWR, Kodagu (Coorg) district, Shivamogga district, Uttara Kannada district
    • Kerala : Kannur district, Wayanad district, Palakkad district, Thrissur district, Idukki district, Kollam district
    • Tamil Nadu : Coimbatore district, Madurai district, Tirunelveli district
  • Native : India
  • Endemism : Western Ghats
  • World Distribution : South Asia
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI; Cecil J. Saldanha, S. R. Ramesh (1984). Flora of Karnatka State vol. 1. Oxford and IBH Publishing Co, New Delhi; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014- Flora of South Kanara; Henry, Kumari & Chithra (1987). Flora of tamilnadu, India vol. 2.
  • 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=Cryptocarya wightiana. Downloaded on 8 December 2019.

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