Drypetes confertiflora (Hook.f.) Pax & K.Hoffm., Pflanzenr. IV, 147, XV: 246 1922. (syn: Cyclostemon confertiflorus Hook.f.);
India (Karnataka) as per WCSP;
Trees, to 25 m high; bark greyish, smooth; blaze dull yellow; branchlets glabrous, brownish, terete. Leaves simple, alternate; stipules lateral, small, caducous; petiole 5-12 mm long, stout, grooved above, glabrous; lamina 6-22 x 2.5-7.5 cm, oblong or elliptic-oblong, base oblique, apex obtusely acuminate, margin entire or distantly serrate, glabrous and glossy, coriaceous; lateral nerves 7-10 pairs, pinnate, prominent, intercostae reticulate, prominent. Flowers unisexual, axillary but usually in clusters on old wood; male flowers: pedicels 4-5 mm long; tepals 5-6, 4-6 × 3.5-5.5 mm, suborbicular, white, ciliate; stamens 15-20; filaments glabrous; inserted around disc; anthers oblong; disc impressed, large, glabrous, radiately ribbed with inflexed marginal lobe; female flowers: nearly sessile; disc cupular; ovary superior, brown tomentose, 2-celled, ovules 2. Fruit a drupe, 3.5-5 cm across, subglobose, some what flattened, pubescent, 2-locular; endocarp fleshy.
Flowering and fruiting: February-May
Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests
Southern Western Ghats
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)
Please find attached.
The Keystone Drypetes [Drypetes confertiflora (Hook.F.) Pax & Hoffm. (Euphorbiaceae)]: Notes on Ecology, Associations, Limits and Seed Germination– R. R. Rakesh, C. K. Somen, T. J. Roby, J. Mathew- The Indian Forester Volume 143, Issue 2, February 2017 (Abstract- Drypetes confertiflora is strict endemic and a key stone species in the riparian zonations of evergreen and semi-evergreen forests of Kerala part of Western Ghats, persists on six remaining locations. This study assessed the status analysis and seed germination of this naturally vulnerable plant. The low reproductive success of D. confertiflora leads to the extinction of the species in the nearby future. Successful population reinforcement had been made by nursery techniques to conserve this species. The data presented in this paper would provide useful information for the conservation of this rare and endemic taxa)
Forest Trees of South India By S.G. Neginhal IFS