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);
Polyalthia longifolia_RKC03_180811 :
Polyalthia longifolia for you.
Loc.: Van Vihar, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh (ca 280msl)
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?
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
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
Ashok (polyalthia longifolia) flowers:
Polyalthia longifolia var. angustifolia – Dwarf Mast Tree
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)
Trees of Lalbagh, Bangalore – RA – Polyalthia longifolia var. angustifolia, Sonn. <=> Dwarf Mast Tree:
”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 . ………..
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…
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
Yesterday evening I spotted parrots on the same Ashoka tree same spot. I am really amused . Wonder which is the next bird to come.
I have not seen the flowers of P.longifolia so closely. Superb catch
Dilleniaceae, Magnoliaceae and Annonaceae Fortnight :: Annonaceae » Polyalthia ¿ longifolia ? at VJBU :: DVMAR09 : 5 posts by 4 authors. 2 images.
Yes, this is the typical variety of Polyalthia longifolia (var. longifolia).
Thank you very much, … for providing the clarity regarding the two varieties of this species. Will correct my notes soon at flickr.
Dilleniaceae, Magnoliaceae and Annonaceae Fortnight :: Annonaceae – Polyalthia longifolia from Mumbai :: AKMAR-06 : Attachments (5). 1 post by 1 author.
Attached are pictures of Polyalthia longifolia from Mumbai captured in March 2013.
Dilleniaceae, Magnoliaceae and Annonaceae Fortnight :: Annonaceae » Polyalthia longifolia at Mumbai:: PKA-March-19:: : 2 posts by 2 authors. 2 images.
Polyalthia longifolia at Mumbai
Beautiful capture of this common tree.
Dilleniaceae, Magnoliaceae and Annonaceae Fortnight: Annonaceae- Polyalthia longifolia var. pendula from Delhi-GSMAR15 : Attachments (1). 1 post by 1 author.
Dilleniaceae, Magnoliaceae and Annonaceae Fortnight: Annonaceae- Polyalthia longifolia from Delhi-GSMAR13: Attachments (3). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Polyalthia longifolia, a common tree in parks, roadsides and gardens in Delhi
Nice set of photographs..
Dilleniaceae, Magnoliaceae and Annonaceae Fortnight: Polyalthia longifolia..my concluding post- NS March 06 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4).
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..
Excellent photographs …
Dilleniaceae, Magnoliaceae and Annonaceae Fortnight : Annonaceae :: Polyalthia longifolia:: SMP09 : 2 posts by 2 authors. 2 images.
Dilleniaceae, Magnoliaceae and Annonaceae Fortnight : Polyalthia longifolia :from Coimbatore BRS 4 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3).
Dilleniaceae, Magnoliaceae and Annonaceae Fortnight : Polyalthia longifolia : Jijamata Udyan,Mumbai : 140314 : AK-19 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
From Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai.
ID – MS01/30032015 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
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 ?
POLYALTHIA LONGIFOLIA : LARVAL FOOD PLANT FOR TAILED JAY BUTTERFLY : 1 post by 1 author.
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.
OBSERVATION : POLYALTHIA LONGIFOLIA ( HOST PLANT FOR TAILED JAY ) : 5 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (1)
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, …
Tree For ID : Polyalthia Species? : Lalbagh,Bangalore : 30JAN17 : AK-21 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Pictures taken in the first week of Jan.
It appears to be Monoon longifolium (syn: Polyalthia longifolia (Sonn.) Thwaites)
id pl 5 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
is it saraca asoka. please confirm
Flowers ?? polyalthia longifolia ??
Not Saraca asoca.
Yes, … It is false Ashoka
id plz : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
is it saraca asoka. please confirm
TAILED JAY AND COMMON JAY UNDER STRESS ( ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION ) : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
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.
A conspectus of Indo-Burmese Annonaceae by I. M. Turner (2015)