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  Filicium decipiens
 
  Family: SAPINDACEAE
  Citation:  Filicium decipiens (Wight & Arn.) Thw., Enum. Pl. Zeyl. 408. 1864; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 539. 1875; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 249(178). 1918; Ramach. & V.J. Nair, Fl. Cannanore Dist. 112. 1988; Sasidh. et al., Bot. Stud. Med. Pl. Kerala 33. 1996; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 78. 1998; P.C. Pant in N.P. Singh et al., Fl. India 5: 363. 2000; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 74. 2002; P. Singh & E. Vajr. in P. Daniel, Fl. Kerala 1: 778. 2005; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 243. 2009. Rhus decipiens Wight & Arn., Prodr. 172. 1834.
  Malayalam Name(s): Irumbarakki, Neeroli, Valmuriccha, Muriccha, Sanimaram
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Fern Tree
  Description: Evergreen trees, to 25 m high, bark blackish or reddish-grey, rough; branchlets angular. Leaves imparipinnate, alternate, estipulate; rachis 10-23 cm long, articulate, broadly winged, glabrous, swollen at base; leaflets 10-21, opposite or subopposite, sessile; lamina 6-10.5 x 1-3 cm, narrowly elliptic or elliptic-oblong, base acute or oblique, apex acute or acuminate, margin entire, wavy, subcoriaceous, glabrous, gland-dotted; lateral nerves many, parallel, close, slender, faint; intercostae reticulate, obscure. Flowers polygamous, 5-6 mm across, pinkish-white, in axillary panicles; calyx 5 lobed; lobes imbricate, deciduous; petals 5, orbicular, small; disc 5 lobed, tomentose; stamens 5, free, inserted within the disc; filaments subulate; anthers ovate; ovary superior, globose, sessile, ovules solitary, pendulous; style hooked; stigma simple, bilobed. Fruit a drupe, 10-12 mm across, ovoid, purple, shining, apiculate; seed one, oblong.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: October-December
  District(s): Palakkad, Idukki, Kannur, Kollam, Thrissur, Wayanad
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, also grown as ornamental tree
  Distribution: India and Sri Lanka
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: -1800
  Localities: KFRI garden, Karadikkavala, Kariamchola, on way to Kannoth
   
 
   
 
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