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  Litsea oleoides
 
  Family: LAURACEAE
  Citation:  Litsea oleoides (Meisner) Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 175. 1886; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1236(865). 1925. Tetranthera oleoides Meisner in DC., Prodr. 15: 195. 1864.
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  Description: Dioecious trees, to 25 m high, bark 8-10 mm thick; brown, smooth, slightly rugose; blaze yellowish-brown. Leaves simple, alternate, estipulate; petiole 10-30 mm long, stout, grooved above, glabrous; lamina 6.5-17 x 3-7.5 cm, oblong, elliptic-oblong or elliptic-lanceolate, base acute, apex acute or obtuse, margin entire, glabrous, reddish-brown beneath when dry, coriaceous; lateral nerves 8-12 pairs, pinnate, obscure, intercostae obscure. Flowers unisexual, yellowish, in umbellules, in axillary racemes upto 6 cm long; peuncles to 6 mm long; bracts orbicular, pubescent; perianth short; lobes 6, 2.5 x 3 mm, ovate, obtuse, pubescent; stamens 9, in 3 rows, all filaments with sessile glands at the base, filaments hairy; staminodes 9, in 3-series, glandular at base; ovary half inferior, papillose. Fruit a berry, 2-2.5 cm across, subtended by the cupular perianth, red with white spots.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: October-April
  District(s): Palakkad
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Evergreen forests
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Yellow
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Southern Western Ghats
  IUCN status: Endangered (EN)
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