Polyalthia fragrans (Dalzell) Bedd.

 
  • Family : ANNONACEAE
    (CUSTARD-APPLE FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Annonaceae
  • Basionym : Guatteria fragrans Dalzell
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Unresolved name
  • Common name : Fragrant Cherry Nutmeg
  • Vernacular name : Gowri mara, Kakechapaya (Kannada); Chella, Kodangi, Pullarei, Nedunar, Perumaram (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Tree
  • Comments / notes : Frequent in evergreen and semi-evergreen forests of Western Ghats.
  • Key identification features : Bark greenish-grey blast with white spots; bark and blaze aromatic.
  • Flower, Fruit : November-April
  • Collection Nos : CJS 13057, HFP 2544
  • Distribution :
    • Karnataka : Dakshina Kannada district, Uttara Kannada district, Kodagu (Coorg) district, Hassan district
    • Kerala : Kannur district, Wayanad district, Malappuram district, Palakkad district, Thrissur district, Idukki district, Pathanamthitta district, Kollam district, Thiruvananthapuram district
    • Maharashtra : Sindhudurg district
    • Tamil Nadu : Coimbatore district
  • Native : India
  • Endemism : Western Ghats
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Saldanha & Nicolson, 1976 - Flora of Hassan district, Karnataka; Balakrishna Gowda & A.N. Sringesh 2004 – Sringeri (checklist unpublished); Flora of Karnataka, Flora of Karnataka, Saldanha, 1984; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014 - Flora of South Kanara; Henry, Kumari & Chithra (1983).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=Polyalthia fragrans. Downloaded on 6 December 2019.

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