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  Polyalthia cerasoides
 
  Family: ANNONACEAE
  Citation:  Polyalthia cerasoides (Roxb.) Bedd., Fl. Sylv. t. 1. 1869; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 17(12). 1915; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 48. 1990; Debika Mitra in B. D. Sharma et al., Fl. India 1: 270. 1993; Subram., Fl. Thenmala Div. 4. 1995; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 18. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 12. 1999; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 5. 2002; M. Mohanan in P. Daniel, Fl. Kerala 1: 163. 2005. Uvaria cerasoides Roxb., Pl. Corom. 33. 19. 1795. Guatteria cerasoides (Roxb.) Dunal, Monogr. Anonac. 127. 1817; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 139. 1855.
  Malayalam Name(s): Cherunedunar, Narela
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  Description: Medium sized evergreen trees, to 15 m; bark black or pale grey, smooth; branches horizontal, young branches minutely tomentose, old glabrous. Leaves simple, alternate, distichous, estipulate; petiole 3-5 mm, slender, tomentose, grooved above; lamina 4-20 x 2-4 cm, oblong-lanceolate or ovate; base obtuse or acute; apex acute or acuminate; margin entire, coriaceous, glabrous above and pubescent beneath; lateral veins 4-12 pairs, ascending, slender, pinnate, slightly raised beneath, intercostae reticulate, obscure. Flowers bisexual, green, axillary or extra axillary, solitary or 2-3 fascicled, 8-13 mm across; sepals 3, free, ovate, 5-8 x 3-4 mm, appressed hairy outside, glabrous inside, petals 6 (3+3), 6-8 x 4 mm, puberulous, outer ones oblong or ovate, inner ones linear or lanceolate, vaulted, slightly inflexed, dull green; torus convex; stamens numerous, cuneate, anther thecae extrorse, cells remote, connectives almost flat at top, concealing the anthers; carpels many, oblong-linear, stalked, 1.5-2 mm long, dark red, covered with stiff hairs, ovule 1, basal, ascending; stigma clavate, slightly curved. Fruit an aggregate of berries, red, fruitlets 15-18 mm long, ellipsoid to broadly ovoid, puberulent; seed 1, globose.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: January-March
  District(s): Palakkad, Idukki, Kollam
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Moist deciduous forests
  Distribution: India to South East Asia
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Green
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
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  Localities: Rosemala, Kuchimudi, Mangavada, Walayar, Ariankavu
   
 
   
 
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