Polyalthia longifolia (Sonner.) Thw.
Synonym : Uvaria longifolia Sonner.
Family : Annonaceae
Local Names : Arannamaram, Telegraph pole tree, Cemetery tree
Flowering and fruiting period: March – August
Distribution: Native of Sri Lanka, introduced to many tropical countries
Habitat: Grown as ornamental tree
IUCN status: Data Deficient
Uses: Ornamental, hedge plant, avenue plant, bowl carving
Key Characters: Polyalthia longifolia are tall trees; crown conical, grayish-brown; young branches spreading, pendulous. Leaves simple, alternate, distichous, estipulate; lamina lanceolate; margin entire, shining above and dull beneath. Flowers bisexual, green; numerous, in umbels or fascicles at the axis of fallen leaves; sepals 3; petals 6 (3+3), linear, broad at base; stamens numerous; carpels many; ovule one. Fruit aggregate of berries.