Thursday, March 19, 2009


Kalatsusi is a small, deciduous tree with crooked trunk, thick fleshy branches and sticky, milky juice. The bark has a smooth, papery outer layer which is grey, shining and constantly exfoliating in small flakes. The wood is yellowish, white and soft. The branches are swollen and leafy at the tips. The leaves are alternate, oblanceolate, 20-40 cm long, pointed at the both ends and spirally arrange at the ends of the branch. The flowers are numerous, fragrant and they vary in color. The fruit has two follicles, cylindrical, with pointed tip, 15-20 cm long.

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