Filicium decipiens (Wight & Arn.) Thwaites

Sub-Family: Not available
English Name: Fern Tree
Synonym: Rhus decipiens Wight&Arn.
Common Name: Neeroli, Valmuriccha, Muriccha, Sanimaram
Flowering & Fruiting Period: October-December
Distribution: India and Sri Lanka
Habitat: Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, grown as ornamental tree
Uses: Ornamental, Timber yielding, Fire wood.
Key Characteristics: Filiciumdecipiens are evergreen trees, bark blackish or reddish-grey, rough. Leaves imparipinnate, alternate, estipulate; rachis articulate, broadly winged, swollen at base; leaflets 10-21, opposite or subopposite, sessile; lamina narrowly elliptic or elliptic-oblong, base acute, apex acute, margin entire, wavy. Flowers polygamous, pinkish-white, in axillary panicles; calyx 5 lobed; lobes imbricate, deciduous; petals 5, small; stamens 5, free, inserted within the disc; ovary superior; style hooked; stigma simple, bilobed. Fruit a drupe, ovoid, purple, shining; seed one, oblong.