Sahyadri Blachia
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Sahyadri Blachia
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Sahyadri Blachia
Botanical name: Blachia andamanica subsp. denudata    Family: Euphorbiaceae (Castor family)
Synonyms: Blachia denudata

Sahyadri Blachia is a tree up to 5 m tall. Bark is greyish, usually smooth. Branchlets are round, with plenty of warts, hairless, grooved. Whitish sap oozes from the cut end of leaves and twigs. Alternately or almost oppositely, spirally arranged leaves are papery, narrow elliptic to ovate, 6-19 x 2.5-8 cm. Leaf stalks are 0.5-1.5 cm long, hairless, grooved. Tip is pointed to long-pointed. Base is asymmetric or rounded to narrow, margin entire. Flowers are unisexual, monoecious. Male flowers are borne in terminal slender racemes. Female flowers are few at the base of the male racemes. Capsules are ellipsoid or round, deeply 3 lobed, seeds 3. Sahyadri Blachia is found in wet evergreen to dry evergreen forests of Western Ghats up to 900 m. It is endemic to Western Ghats - mostly in Central Sahyadri.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale, Shrikant Ingalhalikar
Photographed near Vibhuti Water Fall, Yana, Karnataka.
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