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  Ardisia rhomboidea
 
  Family: MYRSINACEAE
  Citation:  Ardisia rhomboidea Wight, Ic. t. 1213. 1848; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 529. 1882; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 755(531). 1921; Sasidh. et al., Bot. Stud. Med. Pl. Kerala 37. 1996; Swarup. et al., Shola For. Kerala 60. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 222. 1998; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 405. 2002.
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  Description: Trees, to 7 m high. Leaves simple, alternate, estipulate; petiole 4-7 mm long, slender, glabrous when mature; lamina 2-10 x 2-3.5 cm, rhomboid, base attenuate or cuneate, apex acuminate, acute or obtuse, margin entire or very obscurely crenulate, recurved, glabrous, with scattered brown glands on both sides, chartaceous; nerves obscure. Flowers bisexual, 3-3.5 mm across, pinkish-white, in axillary compound umbellate cymes; peduncle 1-1.5 cm long; pedicel 6-8 m long, slender, red puberulus; bracts lanceolate; calyx lobes 5, 0.5-1 mm long, triangular-ovate, ciliate, punctate with red glands on one side; corolla lobes 5, 2.5-3 mm long, pink, rotate, ovate-lanceolate, punctate; stamens 5; filaments short; anthers apiculate, sagitate; ovary 1 mm across, superior, 1-celled, ovules few to many, globose; style simple; stigma terminal. Fruit a berry, 5-6 mm across, with persistent stylar base.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: September-December
  District(s): Idukki, Thiruvananthapuram
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Evergreen and shola forests
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Pink, White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Southern Western Ghats
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: 900-1200
  Localities: Mlappara, Eravikulam, Chemungi
   
 
   
 
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