Madhuca neriifolia (Moon) H. J. Lam

Sub-Family: Not available
English Name: South Indian Mahua
Synonym: Bassia malabarica Bedd.
Common Name: Ilupa, Madhookam
Flowering & Fruiting Period: November - March
Distribution: India and Sri Lanka
Habitat: Banks of rivers in evergreen and semi-evergreen forests
Uses: Flowers edible. Oil is obtained from the seed. The dark red wood has timber value.
Key Characteristics: Evergreen trees, to 15 m high, bark dark brown to grey, deeply; latex milky. Leaves simple, alternate, crowded at the tip of branchlets, elliptic-lanceolate, margin entire, glossy. Flowers bisexual, yellowish-white, in axillary subterminal fascicles. Calyx tube ovate-acute. Corolla lobes 8-10, campanulate. Stamens 16-20 in 2 rows, anthers linear, filaments short, villous; anthers lanceolate. Ovary oblong, superior, 6-8 celled; ovules 1 in each cell. Fruit a berry, ellipsoid, beaked; seed one, pale brown and shining.