Pterygota alata (Roxb.) R.Br.

  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Malvaceae
  • Species : Pterygota alata
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Pterygota alata (Roxb.) R.Br.
  • Common name : Buddha's Coconut
  • Collection Nos : Talbot 3633, KFP 582, KFP 12915
  • Key identification features : A large deciduous native tree with a high, narrow, crown and horizontal branches. Leaves are simple and large. Inflorescence is branched, covered with rusty-brown hairs and is few-flowered. Flowers (about 2.5 cm. wide) are brownish-yellow: males apetalous with sterile ovaries, while bisexual flowers are functionally female. Fruit is woody, dehiscent, about 12 cm. across and minutely reddish-brown-felted outside. Seeds are many and winged. Bark grey and relatively smooth.
  • Habit : Tree
  • Native : India
  • Comments : These trees are towering giants of the rain forests of North-East India.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Bangalore, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Kodagu, Mysore, Uttara Kannada
  • Floras referred : Saldanha, 1984; Rao & Razi, 1981 - Mysore; Keshava Murthy & Yoganarasimhan, 1990 - Coorg


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