Common name: Woolly Dyeing Rosebay • Hindi: दाईरा daira, धरौली dharauli, दूधी dudhi • Marathi: पांडु कुडा pandu kuda, तांबडा कुडा tambda kuda • Tamil: வெட்பாலை vet-palai • Malayalam: അയ്യപ്പാല ayyappaala, മയിലംപാല mayilampaala • Telugu: అడవిఅంకుడు adaviankudu • Nepali: रानी खिर्रो rani khirro • Bengali: দূধকোৰৈযা Dudhkoraiya • Konkani: अटगो कुडो atgo kudo • Assamese: অটকুৰী Atkuri • Sanskrit: कुटज kutaja
Botanical name: Wrightia arborea Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Periploca arborea, Wrightia tomentosa
Woolly Dyeing Rosebay is a small deciduous tree with small branches and
densely velvety leaves. Bark is gray, thick and corky. Oppositely arranged
eliptic or obovate leaves have fine tips, and are 3-5 X 1.5-2 inches.
Flowers, 1 inch across, have an unpleasant smell, and are pale yellow or
yellowish-brown, maturing into a dull purple. They are borne in
many-flowered corymbose cymes at the end of branches. Flowers are pale
yellow with a fleshy orange-coloured corona of scales at the center.
Petals are oblong, overlapping to the left. Stamens do not prootrude out
of the flowers. Fruit are pods joined together, cylindric, 14-21 X
Identification credit: Tony Rodd
|Photographed at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra.|