Orophea sivarajanii Sasidh., Nordic J. Bot. 19: 301 1999. ;
Shrubs, 2-3 m tall, young shoots glabrous. Lamina oblong or elliptic-oblong, acuminate at apex, obtuse or rounded at base, glabrous, 7-15 x 3-6 cm, lateral nerves 7-11 pairs, prominent below and faint above, intercostae widely reticulate, prominulous below and inconspicuous above; petiole 2-3 mm long, glabrous. Flowers in 2 or 3 flowered 1.5-2 cm long glabrous racemes or solitary, axillary or lateral. Pedicels 8-12 mm long, glabrous; bract 0.5 mm long, ovate-acute, towards the upper half of the pedicel. Sepals 2 x 2.5 mm, jointed at base, ovate-deltoid, acute, ciliolate along the margins, otherwise glabrous. Outer petals 4 mm across, ovate-orbicular, tomentose along the margins. Inner petals 7 mm long (with claw), greenish towards the upper half and white in the lower half, tomentose along the margins; nectaries 2, distinct, horizontal with thick undulating margins and shortly hooked downwards apex. Stamens 12 in 2 rows of 6 each. Carpels 6, glabrous; ovules 2, style hairy. Fruitlets globose (young).
Flowering and fruiting: November
Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests
Southern Western Ghats (Kerala)
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi
Navendu ji & his team- Two rare tree species discovered : 8 posts by 8 authors.
Orophea malabarica and Orophea sivarajanii, which are related to the custard apple family, were discovered in Makutta Ghat of Kodagu district.
Pl. see Hindu article
Congrats, Navendu ji & his team.
Congrats to team! Well done!
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