Margaritaria indica (Dalzell) Airy Shaw, Kew Bull. 20: 387 1966. (Syn: Diasperus indicus (Dalzell) Kuntze; Phyllanthus indicus (Dalzell) Müll.Arg.; Prosorus indicus Dalzell; Bridelia berryana Wall. [Invalid]; Calococcus sundaicus Kurz ex Teijsm. & Binn.; Cicca arborea C.Wright ex Griseb.; Diasperus berryanus Kuntze; Diasperus stocksii (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze; Diasperus sundaicus (Kurz ex Teijsm. & Binn.) Kuntze; Phyllanthus stocksii Müll.Arg.; Phyllanthus sundaicus (Kurz ex Teijsm. & Binn.) Müll.Arg.);
Trop. & Subtrop. Asia to N. Queensland: Andaman Is., Bangladesh, Borneo, China Southeast, India, Jawa, Lesser Sunda Is., Malaya, Maluku, Myanmar, New Guinea, Nicobar Is., Philippines, Queensland, Sri Lanka, Sumatera, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam as per POWO;
Deciduous dioecious evergreen trees, to 25 m high; bark reddish-brown, thin, smooth, pealing off in thin scales. Leaves simple, alternate, distichous; stipules lateral, 2.5-4.5 mm long, lanceolate, brownish-scarious; petiole 5-10 mm long, slender grooved above, glabrous; lamina 4-12 x 2.5-6 cm, elliptic, elliptic-ovate, elliptic-obovate or obovate, base unequal or acute, apex obtusely acuminate, margin entire, glabrous above and glaucous beneath, membranous; lateral nerves 6-10 pairs, pinnate, slender, prominent, intercostae reticulate, slender, faint. Flowers unisexual, green, axillary; male flowers : fascicled, many together, axillary; pedicels ca. 4-6 mm long; tepals 4, biseriate, outer ones ovate, 1-1.5 × 0.6-1 mm, inner ones obovate, 1.3-1.8 × 1-1.5 mm; disc adnate, smooth; stamens 4, free; filaments 0.7-1.5 mm long; anthers elliptic or oblong; female flowers solitary or few together; pedicels subterete, 8-21 mm long; tepals 4, biseriate, ovate to oblong, ca. 1.5-2 mm long; disc entire, adnate; ovary superior, 3-celled, ovules 2 in each cell; styles 3, free or basally connate, spreading, shortly bifid. Fruit a capsule, 8 mm across, depressed globose, irregularly dehiscent, 3-lobed; pericarp thin, membranous; seeds subtrigonus; arillate.
Flowering and fruiting: March-April
Indo-Malesia to Australia
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from
Alagarkoil 160713 TBN 1for id : Attachments (4). 4 posts by 3 authors.
Please identify this plant details of which are as follows:
Location :Alagarkoil, Periaaruvi valley
Altitude :approx 800 to 1000ft
Height :20 t0 30 ft
Leaves 😕 simple
Flowers :not seen
Fruits :seen small berries with persistent calyx
Euphorbiaceae fortnight : Margaritaria indica From Alagarkoil hills, Natham, Dindigul. TBN 2 : Attachments (4). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Sending photos of Margaritaria indica, identified by … in my efloraofindia mail dated 17.07.13. This was recorded at Periaaruvi valley of Alagarkoil hill ranges.
Margaritaria indica, a widespread species.
Euphorbiaceae Fortnight :: Tree for ID from Theni :: MK008 : Attachments (11). 5 posts by 3 authors.
Please help in identifying this tree species. The green flowers are similar to Blachia sp.
Date: 02 Oct 2013
Place: Vellimalai, Theni dist., TN
Alt.: 750 m asl
Looks like Margaritaria indica
More details about the plant in BIOTIK.
ID KANNUR 01/12 : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
Please identify this shrub from Kannur district of Kerala. Flowering has just started. Habitat is of rocky, dry, lateritic type. collected on 26/12/19
Margaritaria indica, Phyllathaceae,
Thanks, … for the id.
Yes, appears to be male flower buds of Margaritaria indica as per references herein.
Yes, quite possible. However, the plant is usually a tall tree.
yes. this appears to be Margaritaria indica.