Online Manual for the Forest Tree Seeds of Kerala

A Kerala Forest Department Funded Project

Dr. K Sudhakara
Professor & Head of the Department
Dept. of Silviculture & Agroforestry
College of Forestry, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur 680 656
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Scientific Name  Actinodaphne malabarica Balak.
Vernacular name  Kambilivirinji, Neyaram (Malayalam) (Sasidharan, 2004).
Common name 
Synonyms  A . hookeri sensu Bedd., Actinodaphne hirsuta Hook. f. (Sasidharan, 2004).
Family  Lauraceae
Distribution  Endemic to Western Ghats. Rare in Kakki hills.
Description  A small to medium sized tree, 15 to 12 m high, branches symmetrical (Anil Kumar et al., 2005).
Flowering season  September to December (Anil Kumar et al., 2005).
Fruiting season  September to December (Anil Kumar et al., 2005).
Flowers  Flowers in umbels, fulvous, silky pubescent; perianth lobes oblong (Bose et al., 1998). Male and female flowers long-pedicelled, densely rusty, tomentose (Anil Kumar et al., 2005).
Fruits  Globose, seated on cup shaped entire perianth tube (Anil Kumar et al., 2005).
Fruit type  Berry (Anil Kumar et al., 2005).
Seed length 
Seed width 
Seed thickness 
Seed weight 
Seed dispersal 
Seed Collection 
Transportation of seeds 
Seed processing 
Seed storage 
Viability period 
Seed emptiness 
Seed pre treatment 
Germination type 
Germination percentage  95
Germination period 
Nursery technique 
Method of propagation 
Vegetative propagation 
Medicinal properties  The cold infusion of the leaves is used in urinary disorders and in diabetes.
Uses  The wood is used for making small articles and as fuel.
Wood properties  Air dry weight of wood is 720 kg/m3.
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