Malayalam: Nagaramaram; Panthada
Habit– Trees up to 25 m tall.
Trunk & Bark– Bark brown, smooth; blaze brown.
Branches and Branchlets– Branchlets terete, glabrous; apical buds elongated protected with lanceolate scales.
Leaves– Leaves simple, alternate, spiral to opposite or subopposite, clustered at twig ends; petiole 0.5-1.8 cm long, slightly canaliculate; lamina 5-13 x 2.5-6 cm, elliptic to narrow elliptic, apex acuminate, often acumen twisted, base acute to cuneate, margin entire, glabrous, shining, aromatic when squeeze; midrib slightly canaliculate; secondary nerves 7-12 pairs, branched, relatively acute in angle; tertiary nerves strongly reticulate.
Inflorescence / Flower– Inflorescence axillary and subterminal panicle, glabrous.
Fruit and Seed– Berry, ellipsoid, 2 cm long; fruiting perianth lobes caducous ; seeds 1.
Canopy trees in high elevation evergreen forests and subcanopy trees in low to medium elevation evergreen forests, between 400-2000 m.
Endemic to the Western Ghats – occasional in South and Central Sahyadris.
(Attributions- B. R. Ramesh, N. Ayyappan, Pierre Grard, Juliana Prosperi, S. Aravajy, Jean Pierre Pascal, The Biotik Team, French Institute of Pondicherry
Piperaceae, Lauraceae and Thymelaeaceae Fortnight: SN 43 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
Beilschmiedia wightii (Nees) Hook. f. (Lauraceae) from Kerala forest research Institute garden,