Ilex denticulata Wall., Ill. Ind. Bot. t. 149 1850. (syn: Ilex nilagirica Miq. ex Hook. fil.);
SW. India, Sri Lanka, China (S. Yunnan) as per POWO;
Trees, to 15 m high; bark 1.3 cm thick, grey, smooth; branchlets glabrous. Leaves simple, alternate, estipulate; petiole 10-13 mm, slender, glabrous, grooved above; lamina 5-16 x 2-3 cm, elliptic-oblong, obovate or elliptic, base cuneate or subacute, apex acuminate, margin dentate or serrate, coriaceous, glabrous; lateral nerves 6-9 pairs, pinnate, slender, prominent, ascending, intercostae reticulate. Flowers unisexual, white, 4-merous, 6 mm, across; male: in branched short axillary cymes; calyx tube cupular, 0.5 mm, lobes 4, persistent broad, subacute; petals 4, 4 x 2 mm, white, oblong, connate at the very base; stamens 4, adhering to the base of the corolla; filaments subulate; anthers oblong, dorsifixed; disc absent; pistillode globose; female; in fascicles; calyx as in male flowers, petals free; staminodes hypogynous; ovary ovoid, syncarpous, style very short. Fruit a drupe, globose, 6-7 mm across, brown, smooth, with persistent calyx and 4-lobed, stigma; pyrenes 4, oblong-elliptic, 4-5 x 3 mm, striate or rugose; pedicel stout.
Nilgiris: Tree for identification 310813MK02 : Attachments (3). 6 posts by 4 authors.
Please help me to identify this tree that can grow up to 10 m high in evergreen forests of Nilgiris.
I could only see a single fruit of this.
Fruit: 08cm across
Date: 18 Aug 2013
Alt.: 2450 m asl
Place: Doddabetta, Nilgiris, TN
Dear Sir, but do the leaves have slightly serrate margin in D.sepiaria?
It looks to me like a species of Ilex, but I could be wrong
3 high resolution images.