Flora of the Nilgiris

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

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Strychnos potatorum L.f.

Leaf arrangement

Opposite

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Ovate

Leaf Apex

Mucronate

Leaf Base

Truncate

Leaf Margin

Entire

Habit : A medium sized tree.

Habitat and Distribution : Common. Foothills to 800 m. Peninsular India and Sri Lanka.

Indigenous Information : Firewood species. The leaves are eaten by Deer. The bark mixed with other herbs is made into a paste with lime juice and applied over the body to cure allergies.

Field Tips : Bark brownish black, corky, deeply cracked. Leaf three - five nerved at base. Leaves glabrous, 3-5 nerved at base.

 

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    Comment by R.Ranganathan — March 15, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

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Names:

English : Clearing Nut Tree
Irula : Silla maram
Tamil : Tattan kottei, Kal kottei, Sirungaru maram
Hindi : Nirmali

Flower:

In axillary or terminal cymes, whitish. Flowering from April-June.

Fruit :

A berry deep blue when ripe, thin shelled, falls easily. Seed 1, (sub) orbicular. Fruiting from June onwards.

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Loganiaceae