Hopea glabra Wight & Arn., Prodr. Fl. Ind. Orient. 85 1834. ;

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Habit- Trees ca. 20 m tall.

Trunk & Bark- Bark brownish.
Branches and Branchlets- Branchlets dark colored, terete, glabrous.
Leaves- Leaves simple, alternate, spiral; stipules caducous; petioles ca. 2 cm long; lamina 5.5-10 x 2-4 cm, ovate-lanceolate, apex gradually acute with blunt tip, base acute, glabrous; midrib flat above; secondary nerves ca. 8 pairs, oblique, prominent above; tertiary nerves closely horizontally percurrent.
Inflorescence / Flower- Inflorescence panicles, in axillary fascicles, often 1-3 together, as long as or longer than leaves; flowers creamy-yellow, ca. 0.6 cm long.
Fruit and Seed- Nut, ca. 1.8 cm long, ovoid or ellipsoid, apiculate, smooth; calyx accrescent with two longer and three smaller lobes; seeds 1.
Rare understorey tree in low and medium elevation evergreen forests up to 1000 m.
Endemic to the Western Ghats- South Sahyadri and in Attapadi, Palakkad Hills.

(Attributions- B. R. Ramesh, N. Ayyappan, Pierre Grard, Juliana Prosperi, S. Aravajy, Jean Pierre Pascal, The Biotik Team, French Institute of Pondicherry. 

Confined to the southern end of the Western Ghats. The most northerly occurrence is recorded in the Nilgiri Hills, the most southerly in the Agastyamalai range.
India (Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu)
The species has been collected from scattered localities in low to medium altitude evergreen forest

Citation: Ashton, P. 1998. Hopea glabra. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 November 2014.

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Hopea glabra Wight & Arn,
roadside tree, near Udupi, western ghats area of Karnataka