Mallotus atrovirens Wall. ex Müll.Arg., Linnaea 34: 195 1865. (syn: Croton atrovirens Benth.);
SW. India as per POWO;
Small trees, to 7 mm high, bark ash-grey; blaze-dull yellow, branchlets glabrous. Leaves simple. opposite; stipules interpetiolar; petiole 5-20 mm long, stout, glabrous, grooved above; lamina 5.5-15 x 2-6 cm, elliptic-obovate or obovate, base acute or cuneate, apex acute or shortly acuminate, margin entire, glabrous above, yellow glandular beneath, chartaceous; lateral nerves 5-7 pairs, pinnate, slender, prominent, intercostae scalariform, prominent. Flowers unisexual, yellow, in axillary and terminal racemes; pedicels yellow glandular; perianth globose, glabrescent, densely glandular, separating into 3-5 lobes; ovary 2-4-celled, ovules one in each cell; stigma sessile, 2, plumose; stamens many, exserted, free. Fruit a capsule 5 x 7 mm, 2-lobed, smooth, yellow glandular; style deciduous; seeds 2, plano-convex or hemispherical, 3.5 x 4 mm; smooth.
Flowering and fruiting: January-July
Along riverbanks in semi-evergreen forests, also in the plains
Southern Western Ghats
(Attributions: Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi as per India Biodiversity Portal)
311 ID wild tree:
Please ID wild tree,
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, (Kochi) Kerala PIN:686671
Flower date: 12.02.2022, 02.55pm
Habitat: wild, moisture, stream/riverside
Plant habit: tree, erect/obliquely, branches, hard woody stem 50 inches base circumference, rough dark bark, long lasting
Height: 07 meters
Leaves: alternate, ovate, acute, glossy, simple, size up to:10×5 cm
Flower: terminal/axillary racemose, clustered, diameter:03 mm, greenish white, lite fragrance
Fruit: berry, ovoid, size:08×5mm
Camera: CANON EOS1500D
May be from Euphorbiaceae.
It is not a rare tree, good population here,
In Euphorbiaceae, such plumose styles are known in Acalypha, Claoxylon, Macaranga and Mallotus.
Maybe some Claoxylon species?
Checked all available images of Claoxylon sps., but no matching
To me appears close to images at Mallotus resinosus (Blanco) Merrill
It may be Mallotus sps., but not M. resinosus. Similarities with Mallotus resinosus, but differences also, more than one flower at each base in the inflorescence, means flower arrangement at eFI and berries are totally different. And doesn’t seem male flowers in my trees, please check the collage left and drupe top is of mine
Yes, fruits look different.
Agreed …, Mallotus atrovirens.
Credit goes to … My memory failed in this case. After comments by …, I checked with the key of the treatment of Mallotus in Flora of India and it correctly reached to M. atrovirens.
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