Antidesma alexiteria L., Sp. Pl. 1027 1753. (syn: Antidesma alexiteria Gaertn. [Invalid]; Antidesma zeylanicum Lam.; Antidesma zeylanicum C.Presl [Illegitimate]);
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S. India, Sri Lanka as per WCSP;
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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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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.

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