Indian Zebrawood
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Indian Zebrawood
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Indian Zebrawood • Kannada: Torolakka, ತೊಲಗೆ Tolage, ತೊಲಿಗ Toliga • Malayalam: Perim-churigil, Naikuriel, Shevanarvembu • Marathi: Sumdari, Sundar • Tamil: Chettupulukodi
Botanical name: Connarus monocarpos    Family: Connaraceae (Zebrawood family)

Indian Zebrawood is a large shrub or small tree. Leaves are compound with 1-2 pairs of elliptic-lanceshaped leaflets, 7-10 cm long, 3-4.5 cm wide. Leaves are long-pointed, rounded or narrow at the base. Flowers are crowded in erect pyramidal, densely velvety panicles, at the end of branches. Flowers are white, with ovate-oblong, densely velvet-hairy sepals. Petals are longer than the sepals, linear-oblong, more or less velvety. Stamens are 10, ovaries 5, densely velvety, and a slender style. Seed-pods are bright scarlet, 3-5 cm long, tapering into a narrow stalk, surrounded by the sepals. Seeds are ovoid, 2.5-3 cm long. Flowering: February-March.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed at Gothane at Kundi Ghat, Maharashtra.

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