Ormosia travancorica Bedd., Fl. Sylv. S. India: t. 45 (1870) (syn: Placolobium travancoricum (Bedd.) Yakovlev);
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India, Andaman Islands as per POWO;


Evergreen trees, to 25 m high, bark 10-12 mm thick, surface brown, mottled with grey, smooth; brittle; blaze yellowish-brown, streaked. Leaves imparipinnate, alternate, clustered at the tips of branchlets; stipules small, lateral, pubescent; rachis 4.5-20 cm long, slender, pulvinate, pubescent, leaflets 9-13, opposite, exstipellate; petiolule 6-10 mm, slender, pubescent; lamina 3-15 x 2-4.3 cm, elliptic-oblanceolate, elliptic-oblong, or obovate, base acute, obtuse, truncate or oblique, apex acuminate, or caudate-acuminate, margin entire, glabrous above, downy beneath, coriaceous; lateral nerves 4-9 pairs, pinnate, slender, prominent, intercostae reticulate, obscure. Flowers bisexual, purple, striped with green, in axillary and terminal racemes; bracts small; bracteoles minute; calyx tube campanulate, deeply 5 cleft, the upper teeth the shortest; corolla little exserted; petals 5, claws short, the standard orbicular, wings oblong, often more or less sagittate at base, keel petals free, somewhat incurved; stamens 10, free, alternately long and short; anthers versatile; ovary subsessile, inferior, glabrous, 1-celled, ovule 2-many; style subulate, involute; stigma oblique. Fruit a pod 5-7.5 cm long, oblong, thick, flat, red, dehiscent; seed one, rarely 2, obovate or suborbicular, biconvex, bright red.
Flowering and fruiting: February-April
Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests
Southern Western Ghats
(Attributions: Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi as per India Biodiversity Portal)
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336 ID wild tree: (Mixed thread): 4 high res. images.
Please ID wild tree,
Location: near Vannappuram, Thodupuzha, Idukki Dist., Kerala PIN:685607
Altitude: 1500fsl
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Habitat: wild, moisture, shady
Plant habit: tree, erect, branches, hard woody stem 40 inches base diameter, rough brown bark
Height: 15 meters
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Fruit: drupe, … into brown, ovoid, size:08×5cm
Seed: reddish, single, circular, center projected, with transparent non dissolvent yellowish sticky layer, diameter:22mm, thickness:06mm
Camera: CANON EOS1500D +rr


Do the fruits belong to the same tree?


The flower and fruit specimens are of two trees of the same kind growing in two location, and the flowering tree haven’t bearing fruits at that time, but the land owner saw the fruit and seed images and confirmed it as same kind.


Then fruits are of some other species.


Fruit and habit look like that of Rourea sp. The flowers look different.

I also think so that’s are of two kinds, leaves of fruiting tree also odd pinnate, but have some difference, it is at very height.
…, an old man says that the fruit’n seed is of ‘kaattu manjadi‘ or wild Adenanthera. Seeds are 4 times bigger than that of Adenanthera, likes a big manjadi.


Thanks, I’ll check them out.


This is Ormosia travancorica commonly known as Malamanjadi in Malayalam.


Thank you very much dear …, for the fruit ID.

Images of Ormosia travancorica are: woody #4917; bark #4913; fruit #4916; seed #1869.


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References:
POWO  Catalogue of Life  BSI Flora of India Checklist  Flora of peninsular India  India Biodiversity Portal  Wikipedia Wikimedia Commons  Flickr

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