IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU)

Casearia wynadensis Bedd., Icon. Pl. Ind. Or. 1: 34 1869. ;

India (Tamil Nadu, Kerala) as per Catalogue of Life;
Malayalam: Kari-kunnan

Small trees to 7 m; branchlets pubescent. Leaves simple, alternate; stipules small, lateral, cauducous; petiole 4-10 mm, slender, tomentose; lamina 7-18 x 3-5.5 cm, lanceolate or oblanceolate, base acute, apex acuminate; margin entire or serrate, tomentose, pellucid transparent glands, membranous; lateral nerves 7-10 pairs, slender, pinnate, puberulent; intercostae reticulate, rufous villous. Flowers bisexual, small, greenish, 6-8 fascicled on axils of older leaves; peduncle 4 mm long, pubescent; calyx 3 mm long, lobes 4, ovate, glabrous within; petals absent; stamens 8, hairy, 2 mm long, alternating with staminodes, tufted at their apex, forming a ring attached below to the calyx tube; ovary oblong, 1-celled, ovules many; style to 3 mm, simple, hairy; stigma 4 lobbed. Fruit a capsule, small, 2-2.5 x 1 cm, oblong, greenish-yellow, 3-valved.

Flowering and fruiting: April-June
Evergreen forests
Western Ghats (Endemic)





Casearia wynadensis Bedd. from Kerala


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