Family : Simaroubaceae
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
- Test tube tree, developed by Dr. Icy D'Silva.
- Dr Küpper's Biotech Unit, Laboratory of Applied Biology
Source : Deoartment of Botany