pls identify this species..

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Sep 1, 2009, 11:24:58 AM9/1/09
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pls go through the pic above..
i suspect its Vitex Negundo...
but the leaves are black..
even stem is black..
but its not dry..
have anyone came across such a Vitex Negundo?

Yazdy Palia

Sep 2, 2009, 1:54:18 PM9/2/09
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Dear Mr. Velavan,
Do you see a large nest of black ants on the top of the tree? I have
seen trees that have such nests have black stem. The leaves in your
picture looks totally black. Trees with the nest of these ants have
leaves that turn black but not as black as the leaves in your pictures
are. The ants harbour mealybugs which are sucking pests. They secrete
honey dew which the ants feed on. The ants and these sucking pests
have a symbiotic relationship. The mealybugs are immobile and depend
upon the ants to move their young ones to succulent areas where they
live for the length of their lives.
I must mention, I have not seen leaves so completely black.

J.M. Garg

Sep 15, 2009, 12:34:12 PM9/15/09
to indiantreepix,, Yazdy Palia
Forwarding again for Id assistance pl.
Picture given as attachment this time.
With regards,
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singhg .

Sep 15, 2009, 12:40:28 PM9/15/09
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Could be Vitex negundo, but not very sure without flowers
Gurcharan Singh

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santhosh kumar es

Sep 15, 2009, 1:03:54 PM9/15/09
to J.M. Garg, indiantreepix,, Yazdy Palia
Vitex negundo is a highly variable species with several varieties. In Kerala we have var negundo and var purpurascens Sivarajan & Mold.

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Gurcharan Singh

Oct 18, 2021, 3:02:57 AM10/18/21
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Forwarding for ID
Distributed as  Vitex negundo ?
Group discussion at

Gurcharan Singh

Oct 18, 2021, 3:03:52 AM10/18/21
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Forwarding for ID
Distributed as  Vitex negundo ?
Group discussion at

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Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 8:54:58 PM UTC+5:30
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Saroj Kasaju

Oct 18, 2021, 3:54:09 AM10/18/21
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Not easy to ID with this image !
Thank you.

Saroj Kasaju

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