Pterospermum canescens Roxb.

 
  • Family : STERCULIACEAE
    (Sterculia Or Cocoa Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : COCOA FAMILY
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : MALVACEAE
  • Synonym(s) : Pterospermum suberifolium (L.) Lam.; Pentapetes suberifolium L.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Unresolved name
  • Vernacular name : Muchukunda gida (Kannada); Polavu (Tamil); Logalu, Naradu, Tada (Telugu); Mach kund, Bailo, Giringa (Oria); Muchkund (Marathi)
  • Habit : Tree
  • Habitat : Moist deciduous forests
  • Comments / notes : Grown for its fragrant flowers. On plains and scrub jungles to 600m. Jam is prepared from fruits. (Franklin & Murthy, 2013)
  • Key identification features : Flowers white, fragrant
  • Flower, Fruit : June-April
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Chittoor district, Nellore district
    • Tamil Nadu : Alagar Hills (Madurai district), Kolli Hills (Namakkal district), Shevaroy Hills (Salem district), Kalrayan Hills (Salem district), Pachamalai Hills (Tiruchirapalli district), Bodamalai Hills (Salem district), Chitteri Hills (Vellore district), Sirumalai Hills (Dindigul district), Yelagiri Hills (Vellore district), Dharmapuri Hills (Dharmapuri district), Piranmalai Hills (Sivaganga district), Theerthamalai Hills (Dharmapuri district), Gingee Hill (Villipuram district), Javadu Hills (Tiruvannamalai district)
  • Native : India, Sri Lanka
  • World Distribution : India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2002 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 1; N.P.Singh, 1988. Flora of Eastern Karnataka; Franklin Benjamin & G.V.S.Murthy, 2013. Flora of Sri Venkateswara National Park, Andhra Pradesh, BSI.; Matthew, K.M., Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; Parthsarathy, N & Pragasan , A L 2009. Check List 5(3):542-569; N.P. Sing & S. Karthikeyan 2000. Flora of Maharashtra vol 1; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1994- Flora of Orissa Vol. 1; Henry, Kumari & Chithra (1983). Flora of Tamil Nadu, India vol. 1.
  • 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=Pterospermum canescens. Downloaded on 30 May 2020.

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