Travancore Top-Fruit Tree
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Travancore Top-Fruit Tree
P Native Photo: Sam Kuzhalanattu
Common name: Travancore Top-Fruit Tree
Botanical name: Nothopegia travancorica    Family: Anacardiaceae (Cashew family)

Travancore Top-Fruit Tree is a small trees with branches rusty woolly. Leaves are elliptic-oblong, 9-16 x 2.5-4 cm, with a tail-tapering, midrib velvet-hairy at base, leathery; leaf-stalks 1-1.2 cm long, rusty velvet-hairy. Flowers are borne in racemes in leaf-axils, 1 cm long. Male flowers are 2 mm across. Sepal-cup 4-lobed; sepals broadly ovate-lanceshaped, 2 x 0.5 mm, hairless with 5-6 thick, dark swellings on ventral side. Petals are 4, oblong, 2.5 x 0.8 mm, hairless above, hairy at base. Stamens are 4, 2 mm long; filaments hairy; anthers arrow shaped, sparsely hairy. Disc is 4-lobed, 0.8 mm in diameter, hairless. Female flowers are 5 mm across. Sepals and petals are as in male flowers. Stamens much shorter, 0.8 mm long. Ovary 1.5 mm in diameter, stalkless; style indistinct; stigma slightly lobed. Drupes are oval, 1 x 1.8 cm, compressed. Travancore Top-Fruit Tree is endemic to Southern Western Ghats, rising up up to 1000 m, in karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Flowering: January.

Identification credit: Navendu Pagé Photographed near Vannappuram Thodupuzha, Idukki, Kerala.

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