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  Morinda pubescens
 
  Family: RUBIACEAE
  Citation:  Morinda pubescens J. E. Smith in Rees, Cyclop. 24: 3. 1813; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 214. 1984; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 341. 1990; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 237. 1990; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 237. 1994; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 228. 1996; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 159. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 154. 2002; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 332. 2002; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 257. 2005; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 359. 2009. Morinda tinctoria Roxb., Fl. Ind. 2: 197. 1824; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 156. 1880; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 651(459). 1921. Morinda coreia Buch.-Ham., Trans. Linn. Soc. London 13: 537. 1822; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 144. 1982; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 153. 1999.
  Malayalam Name(s): Manjanathi, Manjapavitta, Pavitta, Kattapitalavam
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Morinda tree
  Description: Deciduous trees, to 12 m high, bark pale brown, thick, vertically fissured and irregularly cracked; blaze turmeric yellow. Leaves simple, opposite, decussate; stipules interpetiolar, connate, sheathing, bifid at apex; petiole 5-20 mm long, stout, pubescent, grooved above, glabrous; lamina 7.5-25 x 2-8 cm, elliptic-lanceolate, oblanceolate or elliptic-oblong, base acute, cuneate or attenuate, apex acute to acuminate, margin entire, pubescent or tomentose, chartaceous; lateral nerves 7-12 pairs, pinnate, prominent; intercostae reticulate, slender; domatia present. Flowers bisexual, white, in terminal, globose heads; calyx limb truncate; corolla 2 cm long; tube 1 mm long, villous within; lobes 4, oblong, recurved; stamens 4, attached to the throat of corolla; anthers exserted; ovary 1.5 mm, 2-celled or incompletely 4-celled, inferior; style 4 mm; stigma 2 lobed. Fruit a syncarp, 15-18 mm across, globose, pyrenes 4, oblong; seeds not winged.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: March-June
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Moist and dry deciduous forests, also in the plains
  Distribution: Indo-Malesia
  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:
  Localities: Vellanimala, Kattalappara, Alampetty, Thunakkadavu, Kuchimudi, Adoor, Olavakkot, Thottappally, Bonaccord
   
 
   
 
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