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  Cassine albens
 
  Family: CELASTRACEAE
  Citation:  Cassine albens (Retz.) Kosterm., Gard. Bull. Singapore 39: 178. 1986; K. Ramam. in N.P. Singh et al., Fl. India 5: 80. 2000; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 64. 2002; K. Ramam. & P. Venu in P. Daniel, Fl. Kerala 1: 698. 2005. Schrebera albens Retz., Obs. Bot. 6: 25. t. 3. 1791. Elaeodendron glaucum sensu Lawson in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1:623.1875,p.p., non Pers. 1805; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 211(152). 1918. Cassine glauca (Rottb.) O. Ktze., Rev. Gen. Pl. 1: 114. 1891; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 66. 1999.
  Malayalam Name(s): Karuneerakam, Thannimaram
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Ceylon tea
  Description: Trees, to 20 m high, bark grey to greyish-brown; blaze dull red; exudation watery; branchlets glabrous. Leaves simple, opposite; petiole 15-20 mm long, slender, glabrous; lamina 5-10×2-6 cm, elliptic, ovate, elliptic-ovate or ovate-oblong, base acute, attenuate, obtuse or round, apex acute or acuminate, margin entire or shallowly crenate or serrate, glabrous, coriaceous; lateral nerves 4-7 pairs, pinnate, slender, prominent, intercostae reticulate, prominent. Flowers bisexual, to 8 mm across, greenish, in axillary or extra axillary dichotomously branched cymes to 5 cm long; bracts ovate; pedicel 3 mm long, slender, glabrous; calyx 5-lobed; lobes unequal; petals 5, 3-4 mm long, oblong, spreading, reflexed; stamens 5, inserted on the disc; filaments 1.5 mm long; anthers subglobose; disc cushion-like, sinuate; ovary embedded in the disc, 2-3-celled, ovules 2 in each cell; style thick; stigma not lobed. Fruit a drupe, ca. 1 x 0. 8 cm, oblong, yellowish-green, smooth, apiculate; seed one.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: February-May
  District(s): Palakkad, Idukki
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Dry deciduous forests
  Distribution: India and Sri Lanka
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Green, Yellow
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: KFRI garden, Chinnar, Anappadi, Vengoli, Pandaravarai
   
 
   
 
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