Simsipavriksham

Scientific Name :
Amherstia nobilis Wall.
Synonym(s) :
Local/Common name(s) :
Simsipavriksham
Family :
Fabaceae
Habit :
Tree
Flowering/Fruiting Time :
May-August
Habitat :
Grown as garden plant
Endemic :
No
Status (IUCN) :
Distribution :
Kerala: throughout
Nativity :
Exotic
Uses :
Ornamental
Description (Morphology) :

Trees, bark dark brown, lenticellate; young parts puberulent. Leaves paripinnate, altemate; stipules 2.5 cm long, intra petiolar, ovate-lanceolate; rachis stout, pulvinate, glabrous; leaflets 8-14, opposite, estipellate; petiolule to 10 mm long, stout, glabrous; lamina ovate, ovate-lanceolate, oblong or elliptic-oblong, base obtuse, apex acuminate, margin entire, glabrous, glaucous beneath, coriaceous; lateral nerves 7-20 pairs, pinnate, prominent, secondary laterals prominent, intercostae reticulate, faint. Flowers bisexual, yellowish-red, in drooping terminal panicles to 62 cm long; pedicels to 7 cm long; bracts and sepals bright red; bracts to 6 cm long, ovate; calyx tube to 4 cm long, lobes rolled to back, petals 4.5-7.5 cm long, mixed reddish and yellow; stamens 9, tube to 4 cm long, filaments alternately long and short; anthers dimorphic, versatile; ovary half inferior, pubescent, stipe to 1 cm long; style curved; stigma capitate. Fruit a pod, oblong, brown, compressed; seeds 3-6.

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