Synonyms: Croton ramiflorus J.Graham, Dimorphocalyx glabellus var. glabellus, Dimorphocalyx ramiflorus (J.Graham) M.R.Almeida, Oxydectes ramiflora (J.Graham) Kuntze
- Malayalam: Navamaram, Kalpottan
- Tamil: siru kottai maram, tentukki
- Telugu: పచ్చవ Pachhava
- Sinhala: Weli wenna
Description: Evergreen trees, 3-7m tall. Bark reddish brown, deeply furrowed, spongy. Leaves alternate; lamina 3-15 × 2-6cm, elliptic oblong, base rotund, entire, apex subacute, coriaceous, glabrous. Plants dioecious, 0.5-1 cm across, white; pistillate flowers solitary, male in few flowered axillary cymes. Calyx 5 lobed, cup shaped in male flowers; oblong, obtuse, accrescent in pistillate flowers. Corolla white, companulate, imbricate. Stamens 10-20 in 2 rows, on a short column, filaments thick; anther cells adnate to the thick connective, parallel, included. Capsule 3 valved, hispid; fruiting calyx 0.7-1.5cm long, with a glandular pit near the tip. Seeds ovoid.
Habitat & location: Rare. Found in hilly areas. Photographed at Rapur ghat, Nellore - Dt., AP, India
Leaves paste applied to treat wound on nail, along with the leaves of Lawsonia inermis, Aloe vera, bulb of Scilla indica, fruit juice of Citrus limon and rhizome of Curcuma longa. [CRC World Dictionary of Medicinal and Poisonous Plants]