Indian Milled-Leaf Tree
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Indian Milled-Leaf Tree
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Indian Milled-Leaf Tree •• Kannada: ಬಳಂಜಿ Balanji, ಬಳಿಗೆ Balige, ಬಲ್ಲಗಿ Ballagi, ಕಿರ್ಬಳ್ಳಿ Kirballi • Malayalam: പൂതംകൊല്ലി Poothamkolli, വയില Vayila • Tamil: புதாங்கொல்லி Putankolli, வடிநாங்கு Vatinanku, வாவிலாவழலா Vavilavalala Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Poeciloneuron indicum    Family: Clusiaceae (Garcinia family)

Indian Milled-Leaf Tree is a large evergreen tree, up to 30 m tall. Bark is 5-6 mm thick, grey to brown, rough, blaze reddish-pink. Stem is straight, buttressed some times with stilt root, exudation milky, yellow. Branchlets are round, hairy. Leaves are simple, opposite, carried on stalks 1-3 cm, stout. Leaves are 11-25 x 2.5-6.5 cm, elliptic, elliptic-oblong or linear-oblong. base narrow or broad, tip falling off, margin entire, glossy, leathery. Lateral nerves are many, close, parallel, slender, obscure, intercostae reticulate. Flowers are bisexual, yellowish-white, fragrant, in axillary and terminal panicles. Flower-stalks are 1-2 cm, puberulous, bracteoles triangular, sepals 5, 3 mm long, ovate, puberulous outside. Petals are 5, 5-6 mm, elliptic to obovate, stamens numerous, free or slightly fused, filaments 0.5 mm long, anthers 3.5 mm, erect, ovary 1-2 mm, bilocular, styles 2, subulate. Fruit is a capsule, 2-2.5 cm across, globose, beaked, pink, 1-celled; seed one, fleshy. Indian Milled-Leaf Tree is found in Western Ghats. Flowering: December-June.

Identification credit: Anurag Sharma Photographed at Agumbe, Karnataka.

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