Monoon shendurunii (Basha & Sasidh.) B.Xue & R.M.K.Saunders, Taxon 61: 1033 (2012) (syn: Polyalthia shendurunii Basha & Sasidh.)?;
India (Kerala) as per POWO;

Trees to 15 m tall; bole with warty tubercles; bark smooth, brownish-black. Leaves simple, alternate distichous, estipulate; petiole 5-10 mm long, stout, pubescent; lamina 15-26 x 6-8.5 cm, elliptic, obovate, oblong or elliptic-lanceolate; base rounded or truncate; apex acuminate, acumen to 3 cm long, margin entire, glabrous, midrib impressed and channelled above, lateral veins 10-14 pairs, pinnate, raised beneath; intercostae subscalariform. Flowers bisexual, greenish to yellow, on twigs solitary and or up to 10 in fascicles on tubercles on the trunk; pedicels 3-5 cm long and 2-3 mm thick, tomentose; bract 3-4 x 2.5-3 mm towards the lower half of the pedicel, ovate-acute, tomentose; sepals 3, 1.5-2 x 1-1.3 cm, deltoid-ovate, acuminate, reflexed, connate at base, persistent; petals 6 (3+3) subequal; outer slightly smaller, oblong, acute or acuminate, coriaceous, minutely rugose and appressed-tomentose on both sides, greenish-yellow to yellow, inner 8-9 x 1.5-2 cm; stamens numerous, closely arranged, 3 mm long; anthers and connectives hirsute, more on the ventral surface, appendage glabrous, anther cells concealed below the overlapping connectives; carpels many, each 2.5 mm long; ovule solitary, basal; style indistinct; stigma orbicular, depressed at middle, margins shortly lobed, glabrous. Fruit aggregate of berries, pedicel 4-5 mm across; fruitlets to 7, 3 x 2.5 cm, oblong-ovoid, glabrous; stalk ca.1.8 cm long; seed oblong, 2.8 x 1.8 cm.
Flowering and fruiting: January-May
Evergreen forests
(Attributions: Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)

262 ID wild tree: 7 high res. images.
Please ID wild tree,
Location: near Vannappuram Thodupuzha Idukki Dist. Kerala PIN:685607
Altitude: 1500fsl
Flower date: 24.01.2022, 01.10pm
Habitat: wild, moisture, riverside
Plant habit: tree, erect, branches, hard woody stem 40 inches circumference, long lasting
Height: 12 meters
Leaves: alternate, ovate, oblong, apex, size:25×10cm
Flower: diameter:13mm, green, non fragrant
Camera: Canon EOS1500D

Try comparative images at Annonaceae.

It is something close to Monoon simiarum

Polyalthia malabaricum………. only a guessing

Thank you very much for ID suggestion, not it is.  I have also images of Polyalthia malabarica, waiting for its fruits, here it is very small tree 05 feet height and 04 inch base circumference in shady habitat. Please check my image and screenshots,

Can it be Polyalthia shendurunii as per Biotik ?
Looks different from images at Monoon simiarum

I checked all the species listed in Flora of peninsular India under Polyalthia.
Closest I could is Polyalthia shendurunii as per Biotik

It may be Polyalthia shendurunii, dear …, bark of my tree seemed to be rough (expansion?), not smooth or glossy. Monoon simiarum is my suggestion only, thank you very much for ID my plant,

Please check this link :

I can’t confirm based on these images but P. simiarum is not reported from Western Ghats
It could be Polyalthia fragrans or P. shendurunii or P. tirunelveliensis

Pl. try to take more and better images.





References: POWO  The Plant List Ver.1.1  Flora of peninsular India  India Biodiversity Portal  IBIS Flora (Flora of British India) Biotik  Kerala plants Wikipedia

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