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  Heritiera littoralis
 
  Family: STERCULIACEAE
  Citation:  Heritiera littoralis Dryand. in Ait., Hort. Kew. (ed. 1) 3: 546. 1789; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 363. 1874; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 104(74). 1915; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 94. 1984; K.C. Malick in B.D. Sharma & Sanjappa, Fl. India 3: 429. 1993; V. Chithra in P. Daniel, Fl. Kerala 1: 458. 2005. Heritiera minor auct. non Lam. 1797; Roxb., Fl. Ind. 3: 142. 1832, p.p.
  Malayalam Name(s): Mukuram, Nakam
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Looking glass tree
  Description: Trees, to 25 m high, bark vertically fissured; branchlets lepidote. Leaves simple, alternate; stipules free, lateral, cauducous; petiole 20-25 mm, stout; lamina 12.5-20 x 5-10 cm, elliptic, obovate, oblong, elliptic-oblong to ovate-elliptic, base rounded, subcordate or oblique, apex mucronate to obtusely acuminate, margin entire, glabrous above, adpressed hairy beneath; coriaceous. Flowers unisexual, greenish-pink, in axillary drooping, tomentose panicles; peduncle lepidote; pedicel 1 mm; articulate; calyx 5-6 mm, campanulate, 5-6 toothed, stellate pubescent; petals absent; in male flowers: androgynophore slender, bearing in a ring of 5-10 adnate anthers beneath the apex; in female flowers : carpels 4-5, subdistinct, superior, sessile, glabrous, alternating at the base with a pair of staminodes. Fruit of 1-3 samara, 3-8 x 2-5 cm, pale brown, with a broad keel on one side, smooth, shining; seed one.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: July-March
  District(s): Kollam
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Coastal areas and mangrove forests
  Distribution: Pantropical
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Green, Pink
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities:
   
 
   
 
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