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  Maytenus ovata
 
  Family: CELASTRACEAE
  Citation:  Maytenus ovata (Wall. ex Wight & Arn.) Loes. in Engl. & Prantl, Naturl. Pflanzenfam. (ed. 2) 20b:140. 1942; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 67. 1999; K. Ramam. in N.P. Singh et al., Fl. India 5: 123. 2000; K. Ramam. & P. Venu in P. Daniel, Fl. Kerala 1: 711. 2005. Celastrus ovata Wall. ex Wight & Arn., Prodr. 159. 1834. Gymnosporia ovata (Wall. ex Wight & Arn.) Lawson in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 619. 1875; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 210(151). 1918.
  Malayalam Name(s): Elimullu
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s):
  Description: Small trees, spines axillary, mostly confined to basal portion. Leaves to 8 x 6 cm, broadly ovate, obtuse or emarginate, base cuneate, crenate, thinly coriaceous, nerves indistinct; petiole to 1 cm. Cymes axillary, clustered, 2.5 cm; bracts 1 mm, ovate; pedicels slender, 3 mm; sepals 1 mm, ovate; petals 3.5 mm, obovate, spreading; stamens 0.8 mm, inserted on disc; ovary 1.5 mm, ovoid; style 0.7 mm, stout; stigma 3-fid, recurved; ovary 3-celled, ovules 2 in each cell. Fruit to 1.5 cm, obovoid, dehiscent, 3-lobed at apex.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-March
  District(s): Idukki
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Dry deciduous forests and scrubjungles
  Distribution: Peninsular India
  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: Peninsular India
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Manala
   
 
   
 
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