Gordonia obtusa Wallich ex Wight & Arn.

Gordonia obtusa Wallich ex Wight & Arn. (THEACEAE)

Description: Evergreen trees, up to 30 m tall. Leaves elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, up to 15.5 x 5 cm, acute at base, obtuse or obtusely acuminate at apex, crenate. Flowers solitary or 2-3 fascicled at the ends of branches, ca 3 cm in diam., white. Sepals 5, unequal, orbicular, pubescent outside. Petals 5, obovate, notched at tip or erose, pubescent outside. Stamens numerous, connate at base. Ovary 3-locular, white-pubescent; stigmas 3. Capsules oblong with a short acumen, 2-3 x 1.5 cm, 5-angled, dehiscing into 5 valves. Seeds compressed, ellipsoid, 3-7 x 2 mm, winged.

Flowering & Fruiting: October - May.

Distribution: India: In evergreen forests of Western Ghats between 500 - 2000 m.Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Endemic.