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Matchwood Tree

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Matchwood Tree

Family : Simaroubaceae 

Characteristic features: 

Habit : Lofty deciduous trees, up to 40 m tall.

Leaves : crowded, mostly paripinnate; leaf rachis 30 – 55 cm long; leaflets 14-22, opposite,  subopposite or alternate, falcate, obliquely ovate-oblong, oblong-lanceolate or elliptic-lanceolate, up to 15 x 4 cm,  acute-acuminate at apex, entire or wavy along the margins, glaucaus beneath; petiolules up to 0.6 cm long.

Flowers : dense axillary up to 50 cm long panicles, polygamous.  Petals oblong-lanceolate, up to 5 x 1.5 mm, greenish-yellow. Stamens 3-4 mm long in male flowers; filaments filiform with spreading hairs; anthers ovate-cordate. Styles free at base, connate above; stigma 3-4 lobed, peltate.

Fruit : a samara, linear-oblong, up to 9.5x2.5 cm,  not twisted, rounded at both the ends.

Flowering & Fruiting: December – May

 

Significance :

  • Test tube tree, developed by Dr. Icy D'Silva.
  • Dr  Küpper's Biotech Unit, Laboratory of Applied Biology

Source : Deoartment of Botany
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