Flora of the Nilgiris

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

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Schrebera swietenioides Roxb.

Leaf arrangement

Alternate distichous

Leaf Type


Leaf Shape

Ovate, Elliptic

Leaf Apex


Leaf Base

Leaf Margin


Habit : A moderate sized deciduous tree.

Habitat and Distribution : Not very common in deciduous belts, on hills 700-100m. Peninsular India, Tropical Himalaya and Burma.

Other relevent information : Roots, bark, leaves and fruits are used as medicine.

Field Tips : Bark grey, thick, wood brownish-grey and close grained. Woody fruits resembling pear. Flowers covered with brown glands. leaf fall February-March, New foliage March-April.


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English : Weaver's beam tree

Tamil : Mogalinga, Pasari
Hindi : Moka, Banpalas
Malayalam : Mala plasu


In terminal and axillary cymes, White with brown center, covered with brown glands.

Fruit :

A capsule, pear-shaped, pendulous, Woody, dotted with rough speaks, dehiscing by two valves. Seeds many, flat, winged.Fruiting March onwards, almost persistent.

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