Characteristic Features :
Habit : Evergreen trees, up to 18 m tall.
Stem : glabrous, monoecious ,bark rough, exfoliating in irregular pieces; sap milky; branchlets obscurely 4-angled. Leaves opposite or ternately verticillate at apieces of branchlets, oblong, up to 22 x 7 cm, obtuse at base, obtuse, retuse or acuminate at apex, dark green, shiny, glabrous; petioles 5-10 mm long, channeled above.
Flowers : dense fascicles on nodes of old wood or in axils of fallen leaves, unisexual, often bisexual in cultivation, sweet-scented; bracteoles ca 8. Calyx opening into 2 values, lobes concave, reflexed during anthesis, reddish. Petals 4, oblong-obovate, acute, white, streaked with red, deciduous. Stamens numerous (60-100), yellow.
Fruit : a berry, obliquely ovoid, 2.5-3x1-1.5 cm.
Seeds : 1-4, ca 2x1 cm.
Flowering & Fruiting: March – July.
- Planted By : Saalumarada Thimmakka