Gymnacranthera farquhariana

Gymnacranthera farquhariana (Hook. F. & Thomson) Warb

Description: Evergreen, dioecious trees, up to 20 m tall. Leaves oblong-lanceolate, up to 27 x 10 cm, acute to rounded at base, acuminate at apex, glaucous beneath. Male flowers in fascicles in axillary panicles. Perianth 3-4-lobed, pubescent. Connective combined in an oblong thick column; anthers adnate, to column at base, free at apex. Female flowers in axillary racems. Perianth 3-4-lobed, pubescent. Ovary hairy; stigmas sessile. Fruits subglobose, up to 2.5 cm across. Seeds arillate; aril laciniate almost to the base, red.
Flowering & Fruiting: June - August. 
Distribution: India: In evergreen and semi-evergreen forests on windward side ofWestern Ghats at low levels. Karnataka and Kerala. Malaysia.

  Uses: Wood light red to greyish brown, soft, considered to be a fair plank wood. The seeds can be used in the making of candles as they contain much fat.