Monoon longifolium (Sonn.) B. Xue & R. M. K. Saunders, Taxon 61: 1032. 2012 (syn: Uvaria longifolia Sonn. (Basionym); Unona longifolia (Sonn.) Dunal; Guatteria longifolia (Sonn.) Wall.; Polyalthia longifolia (Sonn.) Thwaites) as per A conspectus of Indo-Burmese
Annonaceae
by
I. M. Turner (2015);

Ashoka, False ashoka, Green champa, Indian Fir tree, Mast tree, Telegraph pole tree, Ashok अशोक (Hindi), Devdar देवदार (Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Oriya), Hemapushpam (Malayalam), Devdaru (Telugu), Vansulam (Tamil), Umboi (Assamese), Ubbina (Kannada), Putrajiva (Sanskrit), Asok (Konkani);  


Images by Gurcharan Singh, NIdhan Singh & Dinesh Valke (Inserted by Bhagyashri Ranade) 

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Polyalthia longifolia_RKC03_180811 :  Polyalthia longifolia for you.
Loc.: Van Vihar, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh (ca 280msl)
Date: June, 2007


 

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efloraofindia:”For Id 26092011MR3’’ tall tree Pune:  Request for identification ? False Ashoka  I think the true Ashoka is called Sita Ashoka but never seen it. Any pics to share?
Date/Time-Sep 2011
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-Private Garden
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Tree
Height/Length-4 floors of a building may be
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-green
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts-Not seen
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds-Not seen
Other sorry Pictures had to be taken across the  fence

Polyalthia longifolia 


I did not know this tree is called Devdar in Marathi 


Yes Polyalthia longifolia of Anonaceae family.


I think its correct name is P. longifolia var. Pendula, commonly known as Indian Mast tree or Ashupal/Asopalav in Marathi. P.longifolia is another species of spreading branches (instead of erect) not commonly planted in the gardens. 


The Marathi name of P. longifolia var. Pendula, is Devdar. I think Do you have a pic of P Longifolia of spreading branches to share and if possible its Marathi name 


 

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Ashok (polyalthia longifolia) flowers:  Shot in Bangalore– April 2012.

For the first time, I noticed these flowers on Ashok trees (the ignorance of the lay person!). The trees are blooming all over Bangalore. I saw some very pretty butterflies around this tree- couldn’t manage to photograph them- wonder if they are species whose larvae are normally on this tree…


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Tree for ID : Lalbagh,Bangalore : 010512 : AK-1: A medium size tree seen at Lalbagh, Bangalore on the 15th of April,12.

Tiny dried flowers or fruit seen. Couldn’t exactly make out.


 
Polyalthia longifolia var. angustifolia – Dwarf Mast Tree


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Attaching images of Polyalthia longifolia Sonn.
Species : Polyalthia longifolia Sonn.
Bengali name : DEBDARU (দেবদারু)
Habit & Habitat : roadside tree, also on railway platforms, leaves are used in bouquet and in various festivals, ceremonies for ornamental decoration
Date : 5/4/12 (flowers), 26/4/12 (immature fruits), 21/5/12 (partly mature fruits)


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”Id 30122011MR1’’ an observation False Ashoka tree favorite of green bea eaters, bulbuls and purple sunbirds at Pune:  

Pune 30 Dec 2011

Today evening I could spot so many birds visiting the False Ashoka tree . What was fascinating was that the same spot of the top of the tree was visited by green bea eaters, purple sun birds and bulbuls in a span of 20 minutes. The green bea eaters are extremely restless birds and were making acrobatics in the air.


Green bee eaters were actually catching flies in air… as the name suggests bee eater, they dont mind eating flies :).
Last one is a red vented bulbul which can also eat flies.
Very strangely, Bee Eater makes nest on ground. Purple Sunbird may not be getting anything to drink on Asoka tree and it usually makes nest in bushes. Bulbul is the only one that can think of making nest on Ashoka tree otherwise it likes rocky crevices.

This is a typical behaviour of the bee eater and Drongo too. They perch at one favourable spot on a height from where it is easy to spot flying insects. They catch them in flight and go back to same perch spot and eat the insect merrily waiting again to catch another one.
I stay on 5 th floor in Kothrud area of Pune. Same is the scene here. The Drongo is being observed for last month or so. Bee eaters for last some months. Now is the season of local migratory bird Golden Oriole. Last two days it has started visiting our kitchen window. It will be visiting the flowering Silver oak tree for coming 3-4 months every morning and often throughout the day.
Attaching some photos of the Silver oak tree from earlier years.
Grevillea robusta from Family : Proteaceae


Drongos in Bengal that I have seen love sitting on top of fences and wire!!!!


False Asoka is asopalava tree in Gujarati… leaves are used for door “toran” for auspicious occassions…


I was wondering why did the flowers in … third picture look so much like a protea… until l read his write up carefully…
The tree is from Proteaceae….
Thanks … we dont have it in Bengal…


Beautiful capture … the drongo with the forked tail and lovely yellow colored Golden oriole. Yes … I too have seen drongos usually perching on wires. What is fascinating is that it sits still for quite a long time as opposed to the restless bee eater


There is lot of different between drongo and bee eaters. Drongos cant make drastic acrobatics in air like bee eater. So they save energy, one perfect strike is better than multiple strikes and missing most of them 🙂


Let this post be an eye opener to those who claim that ‘birds know which trees are NON-NATIVEs, do not
visit those trees, do not nest or take their nector’. 


Yesterday evening I spotted parrots on the same Ashoka tree same spot. I am really amused . Wonder which is the next bird to come.


 

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Polyalthia longifolia from District Jind, Haryana:  This one is Polyalthia longifolia (Sonn.) Thwaites shot from Govt. College, Safidon, Distt. Jind, Haryana. This is a very common avenue tree, I was able to capture it in flowers in May 2011.


I have not seen the flowers of P.longifolia so closely. Superb catch


 

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Dilleniaceae, Magnoliaceae and Annonaceae Fortnight :: Annonaceae » Polyalthia ¿ longifolia ? at VJBU :: DVMAR09 : 5 posts by 4 authors. 2 images.

Polyalthia ¿ longifolia ? (Sonn.) Thwaites  

Does P. longifolia grow with branched habit as seen in this post ?  
at Veermata Jeejabai Bhosale Udyan on 15 MAY 10 


Yes, this is the typical variety of Polyalthia longifolia (var. longifolia).
The trees with drooping branches are of P. longifolia var. pendula.


Supporting …


Thank you very much, … for providing the clarity regarding the two varieties of this species. Will correct my notes soon at flickr. 

Polyalthia longifolia (Sonn.) Thwaites  
at various places (gardens) at different times  


Polyalthia longifolia var pendula


 

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Attached are pictures of Polyalthia longifolia from Mumbai captured in March 2013.


 

 

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Polyalthia longifolia at Mumbai


Beautiful capture of this common tree.


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Polyalthia longifolia var. pendula, a tree with narrow strait crown with pendulous branches, mostly planted along fences and compound walls in Delhi


 

 

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Polyalthia longifolia, a common tree in parks, roadsides and gardens in Delhi


Nice set of photographs..


 

This very commonly planted tree blooms in summers, flowers not easily observed due to their greenish colour and being high on the tree..
I could capture them somehow, from Jind District of Haryana..
Polyalthia longifolia…


Excellent photographs …


 

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Polyalthia longifolia. खोटा अशोक Pune


 

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Sharing the images of Polyalthia longifolia from Coimbatore. 


 

 

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From Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai.


 

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Please find photos of Polyalthia spp. leaves, bark and inflorescence at RPRC Botanical Garden, Bhubaneswar.
Leaves are narrow half inch width and 3 – 4 inch in length.
Sorry the some photos are blurred due to strong winds. 
Can you please ID the species of Polyalthia ? 


Most probably Polyalthia longifolia..


 

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If there are Common Jay/Tailed Jay butterflies in your area, it is likely that there will be Polyalthia longifolia (MAST TREE/ ASOKA/ DEBDARU ) trees in the area. If you are a good observer you are likely to see Tail Jay laying eggs on Polyalthia longifolia. On careful observation on the leaves you a find larva of Tailed Jay butterfly on the leaves. I had the opportunity to observe the life cycle of Tailed Jay on Polyalthia longifolia. I observed throughout May and up to 12-6-15. Attaching a series of 17 images to cover the life cycle of this beautiful butterfly.

 

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I am at this place since 2005. I knew that forest department has planted Polyalthia longifolia (MAST TREE/ ASHOK/ DEBDARU) on the road side.

Last year during this time I noticed TAILED JAY laying eggs on the leaves of Polyalthia longifolia. And recorded life cycle of few butterflies. This year I was fortunate again to observe this phenomenon. I made few collage to depict my observations. Attaching the first such collage, where larvae of TAILED JAY are depicted. They are feeding on leaves of Polyalthia longifolia.


Very beautiful and careful observation Col … So many changes in a few days, nature is wonderful..!!!


Very nice observations and beautiful collage, …

 

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Polyalthia Species?  


It appears to be Monoon longifolium (syn: Polyalthia longifolia (Sonn.) Thwaites)


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is it saraca asoka. please confirm


Flowers ?? polyalthia longifolia  ??


Not Saraca asoca.

You must be guessing false asoka … Polyalthia longifolia. The leaves and its undulating margins resemble, but not sure.

Yes, … It is false Ashoka
Polyalthia longifolia.


 

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is it saraca asoka. please confirm

Flowers ??
polyalthia longifolia  ??

 

 

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In 2013 I saw a large green coloured larva on a Polyalthia longifolia (MAST TREE/DEBDARU)  At that time I did not know that the larva is of Common Jay. I brought that to our residence. But some how it escaped. I studied literature on the host plants for this species of butterfly. I came to know that both Tailed Jay and Common Jay butterflies have same host plants and four of them are here near our residence (Artabatrys hexapetalus , Canangia odorata, Michelia champaca and Polyalthia longifolia). Michelia champaca and Polyalthia longifolia were in plenty on the road side. I started observing these plants and started collecting larvae of different size. Those larvae were fed with the leaves of the host plants. I observed larvae started life on Polyalthia longifolia survives on the leaves of Michelia champaca and vice versa.
I recorded many life cycles of these two butterflies on all the host plants I mentioned above. Last time I recorded life cycle of a Tailed Jay was in 2017. So many Michelia champaca and Polyalthia longifolia came under axe in last few years, that may be the reason I could not record any life cycle of these two species. There are only two plants of the other two host plants. I am keeping an watch.

Attaching a collage of Tailed Jay on Artabatrys hexapetalus.


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