Otonephelium stipulaceum (Beddome) Radlk.

Otonephelium stipulaceum (Beddome) Radlk.
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Common name
Malayalam: Paviri mulei.

Description:  Evergreen trees up to 20 m tall. Leaves alternate, paripinnate, up to 40 cm long; leaflets opposite or alternate, 4-6 pairs, elliptic or elliptic-oblong, up to 15 x 7.5 cm, subacute at both ends, lowest pair of leaflets unequally reniform, stipuliform. Flowers small, polygamous, in axillary and terminal panicles. Calyx deeply 5-6- lobed, hirsute. Petals 0. Stamens 5-9. Fruit a schizocarp, ellipsoid, up to 3 x 2 cm, densely covered with soft, weak, hairy prickles. Seeds half covered by succulent aril.

Flowering Fruiting : February – August.

Distribution: India: In evergreen forests, up to 1000 m.  Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Endemic.

Note: The genus Otonephelium is monotypic and endemic to Western Ghats.