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  Myristica beddomei ssp. ustulata
 
  Family: MYRISTICACEAE
  Citation:  Myristica beddomei King ssp. ustulata de Wilde, Blumea 42: 152. 1997.
  Malayalam Name(s): Pasupathi, Kattujathi
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  Description: Trees 15-25 m high; twigs rather late glabrescent. Leaves chartaceous, the base attenuate; lateral nerves 10-15 pairs; lower surface grey-glaucous, usually with contrasting coarsely reticulate tertiary venation. Inflorescence late glabrescent or with subpersistent tomentum, in male with clusters of 10-20 flowers of various age and size. Flowers densely bright yellow-brown pubescent with hairs 0.3-0.5 mm, the hairs longest on the bracteole and towards the apex of the perianth and there usually contrastingly dark coloured, often blackish brown as if burnt. Male flowers: pedicel rather slender, about as long as or slightly longer than the perianth, 4-6 mm; bracteole ovoid-ellipsoid, 1-3 mm long, persistent; mature perianth in bud ellipsoid or ellipsoid-oblong, top broadly rounded, 4.5-5.5 by 2-3.5 mm, usually upward-directed at an angle with the pedicel, valves 3, thin, at sutures 0.2-0.3 mm; androecium slender, 3.5-4 by 0.5-0.8 mm; synandrium cylindrical, 1.5-2 by 0.5-0.8 mm, anthers 5-7, contiguous, sterile apex 0.1-0.2 (-0.4) mm, the androphore slender, cylindrical, 2 by 0.4-0.7 mm, subglabrous to rather densely minutely pubescent with hairs 0.1 mm or less, especially towards the base. Fruit 1 or 2 per infructescence, ellipsoid, base rounded, top narrowly rounded, 3.5-4 (-6.5) by 2-2.5(-3.5) cm, dry pericarp 3-4 mm thick, with persistent scurfy rusty tomentum with hairs 0.1-0.2 mm; fruit stalk including whole infructescence 5-10 mm long, usually with subpersistent rusty tomentum; seed ellipsoid, 2.5-3 (-5.5) cm long, mature aril yellow.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting:
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  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Evergreen forests
  Distribution: South India
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Yellow, Brown
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
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