S. NAZIMUDDIN AND M. QAISER
Wendlandia cineria (Roxb.) DC.
Small evergreen tree, bark reddish brown, branches and branchlets grey tomentose. Leaves opposite, 6-20 x 2-10 cm, ovate-broadly lanceolate or lanceolate coriaceous, entire, acute, grey tomentose beneath, petiole 1.25-2.5 cm long. Stipules semicircular or ovate. Inflorescence terminal, pyramidal, 15-25 cm long and broad. Flower white, fragrant. sessile, bracteolate, c. 5 mm long, and broad. Calyx 2.5 mm long, densely tomentose; tube globose; lobes 5, c. 5 mm long, obtuse more or less triangular. Corolla subcampanulate white; tube short, c. 1.5 mm long, lobes 5, oblong, rounded or obtuse. Filaments as long as the anthers. Style deeply bifid. Capsule 2.5 mm long, grey tomentose.
Fl. Per.: March-April.
Type: Described from interior parts of Bengal, particularly over the ruins of ancient city of Gour, Henry Creighton, Roxburgh, lc. ined. t. 1363 (K).
Distribution: Pakistan (Punjab), Kashmir, Nepal, Sikkim, India (Central, N. Deccan).
Grows in sub-Himalayan tracts, ascending upto 1200 m.The wood is very durable and resistant against white ants.