Indian Aspen
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Indian Aspen
ative Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Indian Aspen • Malayalam: Moota nari, Mutta nari, Vidukanalei • Tamil: Mutta nari, Vidukanalei • Mizo: Par-arsi, Rahvar • Nepali: जङ्गली अमला Jangalee Amalaa, मिठाई Mithaaii
Botanical name: Acronychia pedunculata    Family: Rutaceae (Lemon family)
Synonyms: Doerrienia malabarica, Cyminosma pedunculata, Acronychia laurifolia

Indian Aspen is a large shrub or small tree of the understory, gaps and fringes of low country and lower hill tropical forests of tropical Asia. Leaves are elliptic to subolong, often with tapered base. Twigs more or less angular, hairless. Flowers are greenish white, borne in axillary corymbose panicles, about 14mm across in inflorescences of 4-24 cm wide. The fruits are cream to brownish yellow drupes, slightly angled, 0.5-1.5 cm in diameter with a short apiculate tip. Leaves and fruits, and other parts of the plant, contain aromatic oils with a resinous scent. Indian Aspen is found in India and SE Asia, including Eastern Himalaya. Flowering: February-April, July-August.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Sakleshpur, Karnataka & Mizoram.

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