Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Cordiaceae

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Cordia wallichii Don.

Leaf arrangement

Sub-opposite

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Ovate, Orbicular

Leaf Apex

Obtuse

Leaf Base

Truncate

Leaf Margin

Entire

Habit : A tree.

Habitat and Distribution : Occasional in foothills to 900m. West India through the Peninsula.

Indigenous Information : The mucilaginous fruits are eaten by bears also. Cattle feed on the leaves. Wood is used as fuel and for the construction of houses. Bark is used as a paint brush for white washing houses. Birds like to nest in this tree.

Other relevent information : Fruits edible.

 

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Names:


Irula : Karadi Sellai
Tamil : Pazhan thekku, Kokkaimani


Flower:

In branched corymbose cymes, fragrant, white. Flowering from March-May.

Fruit :

A drupe, ellipsoid, fruiting calyx not ribbed. Seed 1. Fruiting May onwards.