Please identify the following tree, details of which are as follows:
Date : 03/06/2012
Location :Alagarkoil hill range above Silambar valley 20 km from Madurai
Habitat : wild
Habit : tree 20 ft
altitude : 1700 ft
coordinates : N10* 06 154; E 78* 13 854
leaves: trifoliate as depicted
flowers violet ? inflorescence
fruits not seen
This is a Vitex sp. of Verbenaceae.
Yes, I too think that this could be a species of Vitex. for species id it would be better if we can refer the close up of flower and leaves with petiole.
Kindly follow the link of earlier Vitex identity here: efi thread
Most possibly your tree is Vitex altissima L.f. Did you see any riparian habitat close by?
Many thanks for your valuable input. The Vitex sp tree was well away from the Silambar stream and was on the track beyond Nubbura Gangai. It did not seem to have a winged petiole and I just now learnt that only young leaves have a winged petiole.
If the leaves have winged petiole at any stage, then this could be Vitex altissima
several points: this may be a vitex, but I doubt that its negundo… the inflorescence is not typical…
Vitex vitex is a tautonym that won’t be allowed in botany (although such names are accepted in Zoology). The plant often so named, and commonly Chaste tree is Vitex agnus-castus. The above plant is not this species which has lateral flower clusters almost sessile so that the whole infl. looks more like a spike and not a panicle. More so it is rare to find 3 leaflets in this species.
Agreed above plant, although having inflorescence of V. negundo, has much different leaves, the leaflets being green on both sides. The plant looks closest to Vitex negundo var. cannabifolia (syn: V. cannabifolia), although distant shot does not show whether leaflets are serrate or not.
to me the inflorescence itself tells me its not vitex negundo… what to do…??/
Yes … Perhaps … can help with more photographs.
Found one more picture of this Vitex which you think could probably be Vitex agnus-costus.
Pictures are taken a long time ago on 19/5/06, a long time before I joined eflora.
The second pictures shows small, round black berries.
Would appreciate its validation.
It look like Vitex negundo
Thanks for a possible id.
Yesterday I had posted Vitex pictures for id.
… and … thought one of the pictures could be of Vitex agnus-costus.
Actually all the pictures are taken at the same location.
Waiting for expert validation.