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  Polyalthia rufescens
 
  Family: ANNONACEAE
  Citation:  Polyalthia rufescens Hook. f. & Thoms. in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 66. 1872; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 16(12). 1915; Debika Mitra in B. D. Sharma et al., Fl. India 1: 276. 1993; M. Mohanan in P. Daniel, Fl. Kerala 1: 167. 2005.
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  Description: Small tree; branchlets densely tomentose when young, puberulous when old. Leaves alternate, oblong-lanceolate, obtuse or slightly cordate at base, shorlyt acuminate at apex, 8-13 x 3.5 -5.5 cm, glabrous on both surfaces, shining above, pale beneath; midnerve grooved above, raised beneath; lateral nerves to 16 pairs, faint above, prominent beneath; petioles ca 2 mm long, swollen, glabrous. Flowers solitary or a few together, leaf-opposed, ca 1 cm across, brown tomentose; pedicels ca 3 cm long, puberulous; bracts basal, minute. Sepals small, broadly ovate, acute, 2-3 x 2 mm, pubescent. Outer petals ovate-oblong, subacute, 8-12 x 5-7 mm, tomentose; the inner smaller. Carpels many, linear, ca 1 mm long, densely silky; ovules 2; styles short; stigmas capitate. Fruitlets globose, ca 6 mm across.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: February-May
  District(s): Thiruvananthapuram, Idukki
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Sacred groves
  Distribution: South India
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
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  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: South India
  IUCN status: Endangered (EN)
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