Myristica malabarica Lamarck

    (Nutmeg Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : JATIPHALA FAMILY (जातिफल फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : MYRISTICACEAE
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Unresolved name
  • Common name : Bombay maize; Malabar nutmeg, Bombay mace, False nutmeg
  • Vernacular name : Gostani (Sanskrit); Bombay-jayphal (Hindi); Dodda ramapatre, Kannje, Dodda jajikai (Kannada); Chorapali, Panampalka, Pasupasi, Pathri, Ponnampoovu, Ponnampayin (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Tree
  • Habitat : Evergreen and swamp forests
  • Comments / notes : As an adultrant for Mace (raamapatra) and Nutmeg. Occasional in evergreen forests at elevations from 40-240 m in Western Ghats.
  • Key identification features : Tree with lenticellate bark.
  • Flower, Fruit : January-September
  • Collection Nos : KFP 8823, Talbot 7973, R.P.Patil 2758
  • Distribution :
    • Karnataka : Dakshina Kannada district, Shivamogga district, Udupi district, Uttara Kannada district
    • Kerala : Kannur district, Wayanad district, Kozhikode district, Malappuram district, Palakkad district, Thrissur district, Idukki district, Alappuzha district, Pathanamthitta district, Kollam district, Thiruvananthapuram district
  • Native : India
  • Endemism : Western Ghats
  • Conservation Status : Least Concern (LC)
  • Literature : Cecil J. Saldanha, S. R. Ramesh (1984). Flora of Karnatka State vol. 1. Oxford and IBH Publishing Co, New Delhi; Balakrishna Gowda & A.N. Sringesh 2004 – Sringeri (checklist unpublished); Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2003 - Udupi; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014 - Flora of South Kanara; Sasidharan, N. 2011.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. malabarica. Downloaded on 28 October 2021.

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