By Charles McCann
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Calophyllum is derived from the Greek meaning beautiful leaved. Inophyllum in reference to the texture and veins of the leaves. Description: A moderate-sized evergreen tree. Leaves 3 to 7 in. long by 3 to 4 in, wide, broadly elliptic, tip rounded, margins turned slightly downwards; leathery in texture, shining, lateral nerves close and parallel; leaf-stalk thick, f to & in. long. Flowers 3/8 to 7/8 in. across in small racemes 4-6 in. long arising one from each leaf axil. Stamens many. 5 in. in diameter, smooth, covered with a waxy bloom, yellowish when ripe.
Note: The flowers appear from April to July. 24. ALU Vangneria spinosa Roxb. (Order: Rubiaceae). Vangueria is derived from the Madagascan name Voa-Vanguer for a species of the genus growing in the island. Spinosa, in allusion to the long, sharp spines. Description: A small deciduous tree 20 to 30 ft. 5 in. long, along the branches. Leaves, opposite, 2 to 5 in. 75in. wide, acuminate at the tip with the base shortly narrowed into the petiole. Between the leaf-bases there is a small leaf-like expansion, the stipule— a character of the order to which this plant belongs.
Note: The tree flowers during the early part of the year at a time when it is quite leafless. 22. GOLDAR Sterculia guttata Roxburgh, (Order: Sterculiaceae). Sterculia is derived from the Latin, stercus, meaning dung. (See under S. foetida). Guttata means spotted, probably in allusion to the colouring of the flowers. Description: A small or large deciduous tree with the leaves crowded at the ends of the branches. Leaves simple, large, 5 to 9 in. long by 3 to 5 in. wide, egg-shaped or ovate-oblong, tip acute or acuminate, base rounded or sometimes nearly cordate (heart-shaped).
100 beautiful trees of India: A descriptive and pictorial handbook by Charles McCann