Mitrephora heyneana (Hook. f. & Thomson) Thwaites, Enum. Pl. Zeyl. 8 1858. (syn: Kinginda heyneana (Hook. f. & Thomson) Kuntze; Orophea heyneana Hook. f. & Thomson);


Habit- Small trees, ca.12 m tall.

Branches and Branchlets- Branchlets slender, terete, glabrous.
Leaves- Leaves simple, alternate, distichous; petiole 0.4-0.6 cm long, canaliculate, glabrous; lamina 4-10 x 2-3.8 cm, narrow ovate to elliptic-ovate, apex obtusely acute or narrowly acuminate with blunt tip, base acute to cuneate, sometimes rounded, subcoriaceous, glabrous, shining, midrib flat above; secondary nerves 6-8 pairs, slender, moderately ascending; tertiary and higher order nerves finely reticulate.
Inflorescence / Flower- Flowers solitary or 2-3 in leaf opposed cymes, yellowish with pink tinge; pedicels 0.3-0.5 cm.
Fruit and Seed- Clustered 1-3 seeded berries, subsessile, globose or cylindric with constriction between seeds, yellow tomentose.
Understorey tree in dry evergreen forests up to 800 m.
Western Ghats (eastern slopes of Agasthyamalai, Varushanad Hills, Palani and Nilgiris) and Sri Lanka.
(Attributions- B. R. Ramesh, N. Ayyappan, Pierre Grard, Juliana Prosperi, S. Aravajy, Jean Pierre Pascal, The Biotik Team, French Institute of Pondicherry from India Biodiversity Portal)


Images by Muthu Karthick at Megamalai wls, Theni dist., TN (Id by Navendu Page) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more photos click on the links) 

Megamalai :: Tree for identification :: MKJUN002 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (9)

Please help me in identifying this tree species of 8 m tall. I suspect this to be a Drypetes species.
Or could this be any Annonacaeae?
Habitat: semi-evergreen forest
Place: Vellimalai RF, Megamalai wls, Theni dist., TN
Date: 02 October 2013


May be Alphonsea sp.


The field character for identifying a Drypetes is oblique/unequal base of leaves which is not the case here.


I think this could be a species of Alphonsea or Miliusa (Annonaceae). Normally leaf base of Drypetes spp. are oblique. But here it is equal.


To me appears close to Alphonsea lutea (Roxb.) Hook.f. & Thomson as per images, details and references herein.


This is Mitrephora heyneana




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