From Floral Database of Tamilnadu :

Binomial Habit Notes References Distribution Common name English name
Persea americana Mill.TreeWestern Ghats & Eastern Ghats, High Altitude, Cultivated, Native of Tropical AmericaFlora of Tamil Nadu, VOL. II, 1987Salem, Dindigul, Nilgiri Butter Fruit, Avacado
Persea macrantha (Nees) Kosterm. (syn. of Machilus macranthus Nees) TreeWestern Ghats & Eastern Ghats, Moist Deciduous to Evergreen Forests Flora of Tamil Nadu, VOL. II, 1987 Coimbatore, Dindigul, Namakkal, Nilgiri, Theni Aanai kuru  

Botanical name Synonyms Family Common name
Persea duthiei (syn. of Machilus duthiei)Lauraceae Duthie's Bay Tree
Persea odoratissima (syn. of Machilus odoratissima Nees) Machilus odoratissimusLauraceae Fragrant Bay Tree

Species with distribution in annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal :
Forest Plants of Eastern India By Amal Bhusan Chaudhuri (1993)- Brief details with Keys-
Machilus bombycina King ex Hook. f. is a synonym of Machilus gamblei King ex Hook. f.
Machilus edulis King ex Hook.f.
Machilus gamblei King ex Hook. f.
Machilus odoratissimus Nees 
Machilus villosa (Roxb.) Hook. f. is a synonym of Machilus glaucescens (Nees) H. W. Li

An Excursion Flora of Central Tamilnadu, India By K. M. Matthew (1995)- Details-
Persea macrantha (syn. of Machilus macranthus Nees)
Gardening in India By George Marshall Woodrow, G Marshall (1999)- Brief details-
Persea gratissima C.F.Gaertn. is a synonym of Persea americana
Machilus & Persea 1 post by 1 author.

I have updated eFI (efloraofindia) page on Machilus & Persea

Attempts have been made to incorporate most of the species available in India & nearby areas with details & keys directly or through links as far as possible. It’s quite possible that there may be some discrepancy in the accepted names & synonyms taken from other links.

Species discussed so far in efloraofindia are given at the bottom of the page in the form of links against Subpages. On clicking them one can see all the details.

Any comments/ corrections are welcome.


Pl. go through Machilus & Persea (‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎Lauraceae) page with images of species in efloraofindia.

If you find any incorrect identification, pl. let us know. If anybody can send images of other species of this genera (for incorporation in the website), if any, or can identify unidentified images, it will be really nice.