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Useful Tropical Plants

Madhuca neriifolia

(Moon) H.J.Lam

Sapotaceae

+ Synonyms

Bassia malabarica Bedd.

Bassia neriifolia Moon

Illipe malabarica (Bedd.) Engl.

Madhuca malabarica (Bedd.) R.Parker

Common Name:

Madhuca neriifolia
Leaves, showing the reddy-brown of new growth
Photograph by: Vinayaraj
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General Information

Madhuca neriifolia is a deciduous tree growing about 10 metres tall. All parts of the plant yield a latex if wounded[
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Title
Flowers of India
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Good quality photos and terse details on almost 2,000 species and cultivars.
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It is harvested from the wild for its oil and edible flowers, which are used locally.
The plant is listed as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2010)[
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IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

E. Asia - southern India, Sri Lanka.

Habitat

Evergreen forests[
372
Title
Flowers of India
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.flowersofindia.net/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Good quality photos and terse details on almost 2,000 species and cultivars.
]. Often found along stream, at elevations up to 1,200 metres[
146
Title
A Manual of Indian Timbers.
Publication
 
Author
Gamble. J. S.
Publisher
Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh
Year
1972
ISBN
-
Description
First written in the 19th century, but still a classic, giving a lot of information on the uses and habitats of Indian trees. Not for the casual reader.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusEndangered
Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height10.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Flowers[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
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Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

An oil is obtained from the seed[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

The dark red wood is hard[
146
Title
A Manual of Indian Timbers.
Publication
 
Author
Gamble. J. S.
Publisher
Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh
Year
1972
ISBN
-
Description
First written in the 19th century, but still a classic, giving a lot of information on the uses and habitats of Indian trees. Not for the casual reader.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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