koli kukke

Koli Kukke

Koli Kukke is a medium size tree up to 10-18m tall and girth up to 1.3 m. Bark is grey and generally smooth or scaly. The leaves are simple, alternate and clustered at twig end. The leaf petiole is 1.2 to 3.8 cm long and swollen at both ends.

The flowers are scarlet in colour and dioecious. Inflorescence are in long stalks arranged in clusters growing on the trunk of the tree i.e. cauliflorous. Male inflorescence is clustered all over the trunk. Female inflorescence is clustered mostly at the base of the trunk. The fruit are globose, crimson coloured and ribbed.

Baccaurea courtallensis is a species of flowering plant belonging to the family Phyllanthaceae. It is endemic to the Western Ghats mountains in India. It is a medium size evergreen understory tree frequent in tropical wet evergreen forests of the low and mid-elevations (40-1000m). It is a Near Threatened species according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Names in Other Languages

Malayalam: Mootilpazham, Mootilthoori, Mootippuli, Mootikay

Kannada: Kolikukke, Kodikukke, Kolakukki

Tamil: Kuran Pazam

Distribution and Habitat of Koli Kukke

This tree is endemic to the Western Ghats

Ecology of Koli Kukke

Flowering: Aug, Nov, Dec. Leaf buds and fruits are eaten by Nilgiri Langurs, Elephants and Lion-tailed Macaques were also known to feed on the ripe fruits.

Uses of Koli Kukke

The fruit is edible and eaten by people.

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