Litsea oleoides (Meisn.) Hook.f.

 
  • Family : LAURACEAE
    (LAUREL FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Lauraceae
  • Basionym : Tetranthera oleoides Meisn.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Unresolved name
  • Vernacular name : Arambamaram (Tamil); Matthi (Malayalm)
  • Habit : Tree
  • Habitat : Evergreen and semi-Evergreen forests
  • Comments / notes : In higher hills above 1200m in moist shola forests
  • Key identification features : Lofty evergreen tree with young plants having much larger leaves. Leaf galls common. Fruits ripen red.
  • Flower, Fruit : October-April
  • Distribution :
    • Kerala : Kannur district, Wayanad district, Malappuram district, Palakkad district, Thrissur district, Idukki district, Pathanamthitta district, Kollam district, Thiruvananthapuram district
    • Tamil Nadu : Kolli Hills (Namakkal district), The Nilgiri district, Coimbatore district
  • Native : India
  • Endemism : Peninsular India
  • World Distribution : India
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Parthsarathy, N & Pragasan , A L 2009. Check List 5(3):542-569; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (2). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; 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=Litsea oleoides. Downloaded on 11 December 2019.

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