Scaly Ash Tree
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Scaly Ash Tree
E Native Photo: N Arun Kumar
Common name: Scaly Ash Tree
Botanical name: Ganophyllum falcatum    Family: Sapindaceae (Soapberry family)
Synonyms: Dictyoneura integerrima

Scaly Ash Tree is a large tree up to 50 m tall, and trunk can be up to 1.5 m dbh with buttresses. Bark is greyish brown and usually shed in large flakes. Leaves are compound and each compound leaf usually has 5-8 leaflets, sometimes 4-10 leaflets. Leaflets are about 3-9.5 cm long and 1.5-5 cm wide, and also slightly asymmetrical at the base. Flowers are borne in clusters up to 20 cm long, comprising of small bisexual flowers 1 cm across. Sepals are 1.2-1.5 mm long, green and hairy inside. Fruit is tear-drop shaped, about 1-2 cm long and 0.6-1.3 cm wide, and matures red with persistent sepals. The fruit is edible and the seeds are harvested for local use as an oil source, whilst the timber is harvested commercially. The native range of this tree is Andaman Islands to N. Australia.

Identification credit: N Arun Kumar Photographed in North Andaman.

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