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  Cullenia exarillata Robyns
Vernacular name  Vediplavu, Mullenpali, Kuranguplavu (Malayalam) (Sasidharan, 2004); Karayani (Malayalam), Vedipila (Tamil).
Common name  Vedi Pila
Synonyms  Cullenia excelsa Wt. (Sasidharan, 2004).
Family  Bombacaceae
Subfamily 
Origin 
Distribution  Western Ghats up to 1,200 m, from Coorg southwards through Kerala to Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, forming the top storey in moist regions from 600 to 1300 m.
Description  A very tall tree. Young shoots covered with shield shaped stalked scales.
Flowering season  Hot seasons.
Fruiting season  About June.
Flowers  Flowers rusty red, in large clusters borne on the old wood.
Fruits  Fruit is a capsule covered with long prickles, valves 3-5.
Fruit type  Capsule.
Seeds  Seeds few 3.3 cm long, hard, shining, nearly covered by a large fleshy white pulpy covering.
Seed length 
Seed width 
Seed thickness 
Seed weight 
Seed dispersal  Monkeys.
Seed Collection 
Transportation of seeds 
Seed processing 
Seed storage 
Viability period 
Seed emptiness 
Seed pre treatment 
Germination type 
Germination percentage 
Germination period 
Nursery technique 
Method of propagation 
Vegetative propagation 
Pests 
Diseases 
Medicinal properties 
Uses 
Wood properties  Wood is moderately soft.
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