Antidesma alexiteria L., Sp. Pl. 1027 1753. (syn: Antidesma alexiteria Gaertn. [Invalid]; Antidesma zeylanicum Lam.; Antidesma zeylanicum C.Presl [Illegitimate]);
S. India, Sri Lanka as per WCSP;
Habit- Trees up to 5 m tall.
Trunk & Bark- Bark grey, fissured; blaze pale yellow.
Branches and Branchlets- Branchlets slender, drooping, spreading, subglabrous.
Leaves- Leaves simple, alternate, distichous; stipules small, 0.2 cm long, ovate-triangular, slightly pubescent; petiole 0.15-0.3 cm long, canaliculate, subglabrous; lamina 5-9 x 1.4-2.7 cm, narrow elliptic, apex gradually bluntly acuminate with mucronate tip, base acute to cuneate or slightly oblique, margin entire, chartaceous, midrib flat above; secondary nerves ca. 10 pairs, looped; tertiary nerves reticulate.
Inflorescence / Flower- Inflorescence terminal spikes; Flowers unisexual, dioecious.
Fruit and Seed- Drupe, red, ovoid, small; 1-seeded.
Understorey trees in evergreen forests, up to 1000 m.
Western Ghats and Sri Lanka; in the Western Ghats- South Sahyadri.
(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)
Small tree from Jawadhu hills to be ID’d : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)- around 900 kb each.
Found this tree in Patraikaadu RF in Jawadhu hills.
Antidesma sp., most probably A. alexiteria.
I too agree with …
Thanks, …, for the id. To me also appears close to images of Antidesma alexiteria at Biotik.
Sharing images of Antidesma alexiteria L. (Phyllanthaceae): 7 images- some high res.
Botanical name: Antidesma alexiteria L. (Phyllanthaceae).
Images from: Sri Lanka.
Photographer: Himesh Jayasinghe.
Habit: Shrubs or trees, 1–8 m high.
Habitat: Sri Lanka: In lowland forests in wet and dry regions. South India: Fairly common in evergreen forests, between 100–1200 m altitudes.
Distribution: India (Kerala and Tamil Nadu), Sri Lanka.
References: Catalogue of Life The Plant List Ver.1.1 World Flora Online WCSP IPNI GBIF (High resolution specimens) Biotik POWO India Biodiversity Portal Flora of peninsular India IBIS Flora Wikipedia Useful Tropical Plants The Linnean Collections