Nothopegia travancorica Bedd. ex Hook. fil., Fl. Brit. India 2: 40 1876.;
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India (Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala) as per CoL;
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Habit- Small trees, up to 5 m tall.
Branches and Branchlets- Branchlets slender, rusty pubescent.
Leaves- Leaves simple, alternate, spiral; petiole 0.5-1.5 cm long; pubescent, canaliculate; lamina 7-22 x 2-5 cm elliptic-oblong to oblanceolate, apex long acuminate to caudate, base acute, margin undulate and ciliate, chartaceous, glaucous beneath; midrib flat or thinly raised above; secondary nerves 20-30 pairs, prominent, nearly parallel; tertiary nerves percurrent.
Inflorescence / Flower- Inflorescence axillary or extra-axillary racemes, 1 cm long; flowers white, polygamous.
Fruit and Seed- Drupe oblate, ribbed, glabrous, 0.5 cm across, 1-seeded
Understorey tree in low and medium elevation wet evergreen forest up to 1200 m
Endemic to Western Ghats- South and Central Sahyadri
(Attributions: B. R. Ramesh, N. Ayyappan, Pierre Grard, Juliana Prosperi, S. Aravajy, Jean Pierre Pascal, The Biotik Team, French Institute of Pondicherry as per India Biodiversity Portal)
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ID 12/01/22: 2 high res. images.
Please identify this shrub from a sacred grove at Kannur district of Kerala. Cauliflory in nature. 12/1/22


Nothopegia sp


I think … images are of Nothopegia travancorica as per keys in BSI Flora of india (leave nerves 25-30 and leaves alternate).


Can you check if the branchlets and petioles are rusty villous or quite glabrous, as details are not clear to me (to decide about the species)?
To me it appears like branchlets and petioles are rusty villous.

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Nothopegia Kannur: 1 image.
One more photos as the attachment


This is from which set you have posted ?
ID Kannur 02/12/01/22 ? or ID 12/01/22 ?


This is from ID 12/1/22. The one with white coloured flowers. The earlier post of today directed to efloraofindia was that of Kannur 02/12/1/22. The latter shows fruit characteristics. In fact the first one is a straggling shrub and second a small tree. Hence l thought of they being two different species.


OK. than maybe Nothopegia travancorica with branchlets and petioles are rusty villous


Ok sir…but what about the number of lateral veins….?


How many do you see ?
I think around 20 to 25, which I think is OK.
This character is also variable in this genus, as clarified by …


I could see up to 13 pairs only…


I do not think so.


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ID Kannur 02/12/01/22:
Please identify this shrub bearing fruits from a sacred grove at Kannur district of Kerala. 12/1/22.


Nothopegia sp


I think it is fruits of Nothopegia sp.


Can you check if the branchlets and petioles are rusty villous or quite glabrous, as details are not clear to me (to decide about the species).


Ok, I will check.


Maybe Nothopegia travancorica as the branchlets and petioles seems to be rusty villous. although not very clear.


 

 

 


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References: POWO  Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  IPNI  GBIF (High resolution specimens) Flora of peninsular India India Biodiversity Portal  IBIS Flora (Flora of British India) Wikimedia Commons

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