Foto info
ative Photo: Shaista Ahmad
Common name: Priyangu • Hindi: प्रियंगू Priyangu • Tamil: chokkala, chokla • Malayalam: nyalei, punniyava, cheeralam • Telugu: yerra adugu, erranduga, kondanduga • Kannada: gadagayya, kempu nola, thottilu, priyangu
Botanical name: Aglaia elaeagnoidea    Family: Meliaceae (Neem family)
Synonyms: Aglaia roxbughiana, Milnea roxburghiana, Nemedra elaeagnoidea

Priyangu is an evergreen tree found in the dense and moist forests in Western Ghats, and also in many drier parts of India. It grows up to 10 m tall, with greyish brown bark. Leaves are alternate to subopposite, 10-20 cm long, compound with 3-7 leaflets. Leaflets are opposite to subopposite, elliptic, or oblong-elliptic, 6-12 cm long, 2.5-5.5 cm wide. Roundish yellow flowers are borne in panicles, which are shorter than leaves, in the leaf axils, covered with small scales. Sepals are 5, rounded, outside rust-colored or yellowish scaly. Petals are 5, oblong, 1-1.5 mm, smooth or yellowish scaly, tip rounded. Stamen tube is nearly spherical, slightly shorter than petals, giving the flowers are ball-like appearance. Flowering:September-December.

Identification credit: Sankara Rao
Photographed in Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore.
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