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Kavilippa

Madhuca diplostemon

Description:

Almost extinct species of this tree has been rediscovered after a gap of 180 years from a sacred grove in Kollam district. In 1835, Robert Wight, a surgeon-botanist with the East India Company, had collected three specimens of the species. Small tree, grows up to 4 mtrs. Bark is fissured and latex is thick, sticky and white. Leaves are spirally arranged at the tip of the branch.

Habitat:

Endemic to Kerala, this tree is surviving in a temple and one report says that there is one more of this endangered tree but details are not available.

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Paravur, Kerala, India

Spotted on Oct 26, 2020
Submitted on Nov 1, 2020

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