Givotia moluccana (L.) Sreem.

  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Euphorbiaceae
  • Species : Givotia moluccana
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Givotia moluccana (L.) Sreem.
  • Common name : White Catamaran Tree
  • Vernacular name : Butti mara (Kan.); Thaalamaram, Kottaithanakku, Vellai-poothalai (Tam.); Tella Punki (Tel.)
  • Key identification features : A moderate-sized tree with conspicuous, softly white, stellate tomentum on branchlets. Bark whitish outside, yeilds a milky latex. Leaves are simple, broadly ovate or orbicular, reaching a diameter of 10 cm. Coarsely dentate, palmately 5-7 ribbed, long-petioled and densely tomentose beneath. Flowers are unisexual and dioecious. Calyx 5, cohering into a campanulate corolla, disk in male flowers is orbicular and glandular; female flower is cup-like; stamens up to 25, fruit is a drupe.
  • Habit : Tree
  • Flower, Fruit : March-July
  • Comments : Often on hills of dry deciduous belt from 400-900 m, on slopes. Latex is blood-red, slow-flowing.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Bellary district, Kolar district (Karnataka State); Tamil Nadu State; Anantapur district, Kadapa district, Kurnool district, Visakhapatnam district (Andhra Pradesh State)
  • World Distribution : India, Sri Lanka
  • Literature : J.L.Ellis, 1987- Flora of Nallamalais Vol. 1; N.P.Singh, 1988. Flora of Eastern Karnataka; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (2). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983.; Naidu, M.T. & O.A. Kumar (2015). Tree species diversity in the Eastern Ghats of northern Andhra Pradesh, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(8): 7443-7459
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Arun Singh R., Deepak Kumar, Raja K Swamy and Navendu Page (2016). Digital Flora of Eastern Ghats. moluccana. Downloaded on 11 August 2020.


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