Drypetes sepiaria (Wight & Arn.) Pax & K.Hoffm., Pflanzenr. IV, 147, XV: 271 1922. (syn: Hemicyclia sepiaria Wight & Arn.; Hemicyclia sepiaria var. australasica Baill.; Hemicyclia sepiaria var. oblongifolia Benth.);
India, Sri Lanka as per WCSP;
Common name: Hedge Boxwood • Malayalam: Vellakasavu, Veeramaram • Tamil: Kalvirai, Aadumilukkan, Veerai, Kaayalakkamaram, Vellilambu
Evergreen trees, to 15 m high, bark grey, thin, smooth; branchlets yellowish or blackish, terete. Leaves simple, alternate; stipules small, caducous; petiole 3-8 mm, stout, puberulent; lamina 2-9 x 1.5-4.5 cm, ovate, elliptic, ovate-oblong, ovate-elliptic or orbicular, base round or cordate, apex obtuse or round and retuse, margin entire or crenate, thickly coriaceous, glabrous, shining; lateral nerves 4-8 pairs, slender, pinnate, obscure, ascending, intercostae reticulate, obscure. Flowers unisexual, yellowish, in axillary clusters; male flowers: pedicel 4-7 mm, pubescent; tepals 4, 3-4 x 2.5-3.5 mm, small, concave, ciliate, obtuse, imbricate; stamens 6-10; filaments 2 mm, free; anthers oblong; disc disciform or shortly cupular; female flowers: pedicel 1-10 mm long, pubescent; tepals 4, 2-4 x 1.7-3.5 mm, small, concave, ciliate; disc annular, crenate; ovary ovoid, 1-1.5 mm across, 1-locular, ovules 2; style 1; stigma broad, cupular, peltate, fimbriate. Fruit a drupe 8 mm across, globose, glabrous, red; epicarp crinkled; seed 1, arillate.
Flowering and fruiting: January-April
Dry and moist deciduous forests, also the sacred groves in the plains
Peninsular India and Sri Lanka
Drypetes sepiaria ? :
May I know, this plant is Drypetes sepiaria; if not please help me; it is small tree in eastrenghats.
Yes, it does look like Drypetes sepiaria.
This is Drypetes sepiaria (Euphorbiaceae).
Drypetus sepiaria (Wt. &Arn.) Pax & Hoffm. SN Feb-16 : Attachments (2). 2 posts by 2 authors.
shrub, stem hard, leaves coriaceous,
South Chennai, Scrub jungle
How do you expect someone to identify a photo without flowers or fruits. Please do the needful. Yes. it looks like D. sepiaria.
Dryptes sepiaria : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)- 1 Mb each.
Found in Puthupattu near Pondicherry.
Attachments (1)- 793 kb.
Pl find attached the photos as requested
The ID is correct. This is very common in Chennai surroundings.