Malabar Fingersop
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Malabar Fingersop
E Native Tree elliptic Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Malabar Fingersop
Botanical name: Meiogyne pannosa    Family: Annonaceae (Sugar-apple family)
Synonyms: Meiogyne ramarowii, Polyalthia pannosa, Unona pannosa

Malabar Fingersop is a small tree, 5-9 m tall, bark smooth, greyish, mottled with green, blaze dull yellow, young shoots puberulous, branchlets slender.Leaves are simple, alternate, distichous, estipulate; leaf-stalk 5-9 mm long, slender, velvet-hairy. Leaves are 2.5-7 x 1.5-3 cm, elliptic ovate, ovate or ovate lanceshaped; base blunt or rounded; tip tapering or caudate tapering; margin entire, leathery, hairless and glossy above, slender, prominent, pinnate, regular; intercostae netveined. Flowers are nearly stalkless, in leaf-axils or at branch-ends, solitary, dull yellowish-green or dirty white; sepals 3, 4-6 x 4-5 mm, ovate, woolly outside, hairless inside, fused at base; petals 6 (3+3), 2.5-5 x 0.5-1.5 cm, outer spreading, clawed, inner erect and smaller, oblong-lanceshaped or ovate-lanceshaped, densely silky woolly; stamens numerous, wedge-shaped, connective broad, concealing the anthers, capitate; carpels many, stalkless or nearly stalkless, oblong, 2-2.5 mm long, strigose; ovules 2-8 in one row, stigma capitate. Fruit is aggregate, fruitlets 12 x 8 mm, obovoid, fulvous woolly, apiculate; seeds 1-3, spherical, shiny. Malabar Fingersop is endemic to Western Ghats. Flowering: All year.

Identification credit: Navendu Pagé Photographed in Aralam WLS & Thenmala, Kollam distt., Kerala.

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