Images by Santhan P, B.Rathinasabapathy & Santhan P, (inserted by Bhagyashri Ranade)


Habit- Trees, up to 15 m tall
Trunk & Bark- Bark grey, smooth; blaze light orange.
Branches and Branchlets- Branchlets terete, pubescent, with annular scars of caducous stipules; apical bud covered by sericeous lanceolate stipules.
Leaves- Leaves simple, alternate, spiral; petiole up to 2 cm long, canaliculate, pubescent; lamina 5-11 x 2.2-4.8 cm, elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, apex acute to slightly acuminate with blunt tip, base acute to attenuate, margin entire, subcoriaceous, glabrous, white glaucous beneath; midrib slightly canaliculate; secondary nerves 10-13 pairs; tertiary nerves closely reticulate.
Inflorescence / Flower- Flowers solitary, axillary, large, white or cream.
Fruit and Seed- Follicles, warty, arranged as spike, dehiscing dorsally; seeds 1, scarlet.
Common trees in high elevation to montane evergreen forests, between 1600 and 2400 m.
Endemic to the Western Ghats- Agasthyamalai, Megamalai, Anamalai, Palani, Nilgiris and Bababudangiri Hills.

Michelia nilagirica Zenk., Fam – Magnoliaceae

Naduvattam, Ooty, Tamilnadu, medium sized wild tree

Sharing the images of Magnoliaceae nilagirica from Ooty.



Magnolia nilagirica (Zenker) Figlar. SN July 15 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).
Magnolia nilagirica (Zenker) Figlar. (= Michelia nilagirica Zenker), Magnoliaceae wild endemic tree at an altitude of 1800m

Do you have pics of fruits sir?