Mesua ferrea L.

  • Family : CLUSIACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Clusiaceae
  • Species : Mesua ferrea
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Mesua ferrea L.
  • Common name : Ceylon Iron-Wood
  • Vernacular name : Nagakesara (San.); Nagasampige (Kan.)
  • Collection Nos : HFP 1659, HFP 1448
  • Key identification features : A small evergreen tree with straight trunk and smooth bark. Leaves are simple, opposite and are red when young. Flowers are large, 8-12 cm. across; sepals and petals are four in each whorl. Stamens are numerous. Fruits are 3 cm. across, ovoid, pointed, woody with enlarged calyx. Bark dull-brown, faintly fissured.
  • Habit : Tree
  • Native : Sri Lanka
  • Comments : The new leaves emerge astonishingly bright red, turn pink and then pale green before darkening.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Kodagu, Udupi
  • Floras referred : Saldanha, 1984; Keshava Murthy & Yoganarasimhan, 1990 - Coorg; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2003 - Udupi


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