Mallotus beddomei

Mallotus beddomei Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 438 1887. ;


Habit- Trees up to 5 m tall.
Branches and Branchlets- Branchlets flat, minutely pubescent.
Leaves- Leaves simple, opposite with opposite, decussate, unequal pairs; stipule caducous; petiole to 1.5 cm long, terete, swollen at both ends, pubescent; lamina 7-24 x 2.5-7.5 cm, narrow elliptic-rhomboid, apex caudate or caudate-acuminate, base acute or slightly attenuate, margin sinuately dentate, glabrous above, resinous yellow glandular beneath, pubescent on midrib and nerves beneath, chartaceous or subcoriaceous; midrib raised above; secondary nerves 6-8 pairs, gradually curved; tertiary nerves obliquely percurrent.
Inflorescence / Flower- Flowers unisexual; inflorescence simple or branched spike, axillary or terminal.
Fruit and Seed- Capsule, 2-3 cocci, covered with long soft spines.
Rare understorey trees in wet evergreen forests between 150 and 1000 m.
Endemic to the Western Ghats- South and Central Sahyadris.
(Attributions- B. R. Ramesh, N. Ayyappan, Pierre Grard, Juliana Prosperi, S. Aravajy, Jean Pierre Pascal, The Biotik Team, French Institute of Pondicherry


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ANMAY32/40 Euphorbiaceae for identification (1) : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (13)
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Date: 9th May 2015
Place: Kodachadri, Karnataka
Habit: Shrub
Habitat: Semi-evergreen forest
Male and female plants were found around 10 feet apart.
This is identified to be another endemic species, Mallotus beddomei.

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ANJUL05 Euphorbiaceae shrub for identification : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (12)
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Date: 24th July 2016
Place: Kathalekan, Siddapura Taluk, Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka
Habit: Shrub or treelet
Habitat: Evergreen forest

The opposite leaves, hairy stems, distantly serrate leaf margin and softly spiny fruit led me to Mallotus beddomei Hook.f.. Please validate.
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Mallotus beddomei Hook.f.



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