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)


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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.




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