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Sahyadri Pittosporum   
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Sahyadri Pittosporum
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Sahyadri Pittosporum • Kannada: ಬೂಗರಿ bugari • Konkani: गपसुंदी gapsundi • Malayalam: അണലിവേങ്ങ analivenna, കശുമരം kasumaram • Marathi: गपसुंदी gapsundi, इकळी ikali
Botanical name: Pittosporum dasycaulon    Family: Pittosporaceae (Pittosporum family)

Pittosporum is a small tree up to 8 m tall. Bark is brownish, warty, with whitish blaze. Leaves are simple, alternate, spiral, usually crowded at branch ends. Leaf-stalks are 0.5-1.5 cm long, planoconvex in cross section, velvety. Bade is 7-12.8 x 3-4.3 cm, elliptic to elliptic-inverted-lanceshaped, apex long-pointed, base wedge-shaped to narrowing into leaf-stalk, margin entire, velvety, hairless when mature, papery. Midrib is flat above, secondary nerves about 8 pairs, tertiary nerves are closely netted. Inflorescence is terminal, umbels of short racemes. Capsule, loculicidal, 2-valved, 1 cm long, pubescent, drying black; seeds 4, orange to reddish. It is found growing along margins of evergreen forests between 400 and 850 m. Sahyadri Pittosporum is endemic to the Western Ghats - South and Central Sahyadris.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar
Photographed along Mattighatta Road, Karnataka.
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