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  Chionanthus zeylanicus
  Family: OLEACEAE
  Citation:  Chionanthus zeylanicus L., Sp. Pl. 8. 1753; Srivastava & Kapoor, Journ. Econ. Tax. Bot. 15: 140. 1991; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 237. 1998; P. S. Green, Kew Bull. 58: 262. 2003. Linociera purpurea Vahl, Enum. Pl. 1: 47. 1804; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 608. 1882. Linociera zeylanica (L.) Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 794(558). 1923. Chionanthus zeylanicus L. var. dichotomous (Roxb.) Bahadur & Gaur, Indian J. For. 4: 77. 1981; Srivastava & Kapoor, Journ. Econ. Tax. Bot. 15: 140. 1991.
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  Description: Trees, to 10 m high, bark greyish-black, smooth; branchlets minutely hairy. Leaves simple, opposite, estipulate; petiole 5-10 mm, stout, glabrous, grooved above; lamina 4.5-12 x 3-5.5 cm, obovate or elliptic, base cuneate or attenuate, apex obtusely acute or emarginate, margin entire, recurved, glabrous, coriaceous; lateral nerves 8-13 pairs, pinnate, slender, faint, looped near the margin; intercostae reticulate, faint. Flowers bisexual, cream, in axillary panicles, 5 cm long, bracts cauducous; bracteoles 1 mm; calyx lobes small, 4 teethed, 1.6 mm, ciliate, tawny-pubescent with out, acute; corolla lobes 4, 3 mm across, lanceolate; stamens 2, filaments short, attached at the base of corolla; anthers lanceolate, 1.5 mm; ovary 1 mm, 2-celled, superior, glabrous, ovules 2 in each cell, pendulous from its apex; style 0.5 mm. Fruit a drupe, 6 x 4 mm, obovoid.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: January-July
  District(s): Idukki
  Habitat: Moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests
  Distribution: South India and Sri Lanka
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Creamy
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Localities: Vallakkadavu
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