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  Gardenia resinifera
 
  Family: RUBIACEAE
  Citation:  Gardenia resinifera Roth, Nov. Pl. Sp. 150. 1821; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 144. 1982; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 231. 1990; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 148. 1999; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 148. 2002. Gardenia lucida Roxb., Fl. Ind. 1: 707.1832; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 3:115.1880; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 618(436). 1921.
  Malayalam Name(s): Dikamali kayam
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Brilliant gardenia, Gummy gardenia, White emetic nut
  Description: Trees, to 10 m high, bark 0.85 cm, greenish-grey, exfoliating in irregular flakes flakes; blaze creamy yellow; exudation yellow resinous. Leaves simple, opposite, decussate; stipules intrapetiolar, connate in to a sheath; petiole 3-7 mm, stout, glabrous; lamina 7-18 x 4-8 cm, elliptic, base obtuse, rounded or attenuate, apex obtuse or obtusely acute, margin entire or wavy, glabrous, shiny above, coriaceous; lateral nerves 12-30 pairs, parallel, prominent beneath; intercostae scalariform, slender; domatia present. Flowers bisexual, white turns to yellow in axillary, solitary or in lax cymes; calyx tubular, lobes 5, lanceolate, puberulous without, acuminate; corolla tube 3 cm long, lobes 5, 3 x 2 cm, obovate, puberulous without; stamens 5; anthers exserted, oblong; ovary 6 mm, terete, 8 x 3 mm, inferior, ovules many; style 3.5 cm thick; stigma club shaped. Fruit a berry, 2 x 1.5 cm with crown of calyx, ellipsoid; seeds rugose.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: September-January
  District(s): Palakkad, Idukki, Kozhikkode
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Dry deciduous forests
  Distribution: India, Bangladesh and Myanmar
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White, Yellow
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Alampetty, Kuchimudi, Attapady block-Mukkali
   
 
   
 
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