Monoon longifolium – False Ashoka

Other notes

Other Name Combinations: Polyalthia longifolia (WFO, 2022).


Natural History: This is a popular avenue plant that is planted widely in all Indian cities.



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Page citation

Kawthankar, N. and K. Kunte. 2024. Monoon longifolium (Sonn.) B.Xue & R.M.K.Saunders – False Ashoka. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL:, accessed 2024/07/16.