Cassine paniculata (Wight & Arn.) Lobr.-Callen
Synonym : Elaeodendron paniculatum Wight & Arn.
Family : Celastraceae
Local Names : Thannimaram
Flowering and fruiting period: March – June
Habitat: Shola and evergreen forests
IUCN status: Data Deficient
Uses: Bark is given internally in extreme cases of anemia, as a blood purifier, given as cardiac tonic and as wound healing.
Key Characters: Trees, to 20 m high; bark grey, smooth; blaze red; exudation watery. Leaves simple, opposite, decussate; lamina elliptic-oblong. Flowers bisexual, greenish-yellow, in axillary stout dichasial corymbose cymes; calyx 5-lobed, lobes unequal, imbricate; petals 5, obovate; stamens 5; ovary immersed in the disc, conical, 2-5-celled, ovules 2 in each cell; style short; stigma small. Fruit a drupe.