Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Combretaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Eastern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)

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Combretum albidum Don

Leaf arrangement

Opposite decussate

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Lanceolate, Ovate, Oblong

Leaf Apex

Acuminate

Leaf Base

Cuneate

Leaf Margin

Entire

Habit : A large deciduous climber.

Habitat and Distribution : Hills and lower slopes 400-1000m. Peninsular India.

Indigenous Information : Apis Florea nests observed on this plant. The stem is cut and crushed to use as a scrubber to clean vessels which are used store curd. The fibre is used as a rope. Elephants graze on the plant.

Field Tips : The fruits are prominent over the canopy.

 

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Names:


Irula : Menthai kodi
Tamil : Odai kodi, Veragai


Flower:

In terminal or axillary panicles, greenish yellow. Flowering from February-Marhc.

Fruit :

Globose, 4-winged, red when young. Seed solitary. Fruiting from MArhc-May.

All from Combretaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Eastern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)