Drypetes elliptica (Hook.f.) Pax & K.Hoffm., Pflanzenr. IV, 147, XV: 244 1922. (syn: Cyclostemon ellipticus Hook.f.);
Myanmar as per POWO;
Requesting identity of this tree from Nagaland: 2 images.
This tree in fruiting was collected recently from Nagaland. Requesting identity.
This could be a species of Drypetes
I believe your sharp eye detected this plant at generic level although such flattened fruits are very unusual in Drypetes! Could these be the hitherto unknown fruits of Drypetes elliptica (Hook.f.) Pax & K.Hoffm. described on the basis of male flowering material from Myanmar? Else this could be a new species as well! I have told the collector to try to collect the flowers which are required in arriving at a definite conclusion.
Here I am attaching the description and drawing of Drypetes elliptica (from our publication on Drypetes) mainly based on a sheet collected by P.T. Russell from Myanmar. Here we can see that the leaves are matching with the images of plant but the ovary is said to be subglobose in the description. Further, Kanjilal et al., Fl. Assam 4: 178. 1940 reported the occurrence of the species in India from North Cachar Hills on the basis of male flowering specimens but I have not seen their collection. Let us hope that “time will show” the actual identity.
Leaves in these images by and large match with the illustration attached and GBIF specimens- one and two.
But the details of the fruits are not available in the description.
If it can be found and matched and other species found in the area are ruled out, it will confirm.
References: POWO Catalogue of Life The Plant List Ver.1.1 WCSP GBIF specimens- one and two (High resolution specimens)
A revision of the genus Drypetes Vahl is presented for the Indian (1997) (pdf)- T. Chakrabarty, M. Gangopadhyay & N. P. Balakrishnan