Dalzell's Walnut
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Dalzell's Walnut
E Native Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Dalzell's Walnut • Kannada: ಕಾಮಟ್ಟಿ kamatti • Konkani: मैदो लकडी maido lakdi • Marathi: कामट्टी kamatti Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Beilschmiedia dalzellii    Family: Lauraceae (Laurel family)
Synonyms: Beilschmiedia fagifolia var. dalzellii

Trees up to 30 m tall. Trunk & Bark Bark grey, smooth; blaze orange. Branchlets round, hairless; apical buds small, velvet-hairy without leathery scales. Leaves simple, alternate, spiral, sometimes subopposite, clustered at twig ends; leaf-stalks 1-1.5 cm; blade 9.5-15 x 3.5-6 cm, elliptic to ovate-lanceshaped, tip pointed to shortly tapering with blunt tip, base pointed to narrowed, margin entire, hairless, smooth and shining above, leathery; secondary nerves about 10 pairs, slender, gradually curved; tertiary nerves strongly net-veined. Flowers are borne in short panicles in leaf axils. They are yellow with 6 tepals, arrange in a cup-like formation, but not overlapping. Berry is ellipsoid, about 1.7 cm long; fruiting flower-stalk stout, red; fruiting tepals falling off. Dalzell's Walnut is endemic to the Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar Photographed in Amboli, Maharashtra.

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