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  Myristica fragrans
  Citation:  Myristica fragrans Houtt., Hist. Nat. 3: 333. 1774; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 102. 1886; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1214(850). 1925; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 249. 1982; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 342. 1984; Antony, Syst. Stud. Fl. Kottayam Dist. 345. 1989; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 388. 1994; Subram., Fl. Thenmala Div. 311. 1995; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 582. 1997; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 421. 2005; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 608. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 693. 2009.
  Malayalam Name(s): Jathikka, Jathi
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Nutmeg tree, Mace tree
  Description: Evergreen dioecious trees, to 8 m high; bark black; branches horizontal. Leaves simple, alternate, estipulate; petiole 9-15 mm long, slender, grooved above, glabrous; lamina 9-18 x 2.5-6 cm, elliptic, elliptic-lanceolate, elliptic-oblanceolate or elliptic-obovate, base acute or attenuate, margin entire, glabrous, shiny above and glaucous beneath, coriaceous; lateral nerves 10-14 pairs, pinnate, prominent, intercostae reticulate. Flowers unisexual, yellow; male flowers: 3-5 in axillary cymes, urceolate; pedicels drooping; bracts deciduous; bracteoles persistent; peranth 3-lobed, tawny villous; stamens 9-12, connate in to a central stipitate coloum; female flowers: urceolate, larger than the male, few in axillary cymes; pedicels drooping; bracts deciduous; bracteoles persistent; perianth 3-lobed, tawny villous; ovary superior, ovoid, 1-celled, 1-ovuled; stigmas connate, 2-lobed. Fruit a capsule, yellow to 5 cm long; aril red, lacinate; seed brown.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-August
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Cultivated
  Distribution: Native of East Moluccas
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Yellow
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: Yes
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Localities: Teppakulam
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