Actinodaphne malabarica Balakr

Actinodaphne malabarica Balakr. (LAURACEAE)
Common names
Kannada: Kaadu sampige

Description: Large trees, up to 20 m tall. Leaves elliptic-lanceolate, up to 21 x 6.5 cm, cuneate at base, acuminate at apex, fulvous pubescent beneath. Inflorescence of subracemose umbels. Flowers unisexual. Perianth 6-lobed, yellow; lobes ovate or oblong. Stamens 9 in 3 whorls. Berry globose, ca 7 mm across, seated on perianth tube.

Flowering:  September - March.

Distribution: India: In evergreen and semi-evergreen forests across the Western Ghats. Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Endemic.