Coral berry

Scientific Name :
Ardisia elliptica Thunb.
Synonym(s) :
Ardisia littoralis Andr.
Local/Common name(s) :
Kilinjaval, Coral berry
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Habitat :
Mangrove swamps and backwaters
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Distribution :
India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Malesia
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Erect branched shrub to 1.5 m tall. Leaves clustered towards the ends of the branches, 5-11 x 2.4-5 cm, obovate-oblong or elliptic, base cuneate, apex acute or subobtuse, coriaceous; petiole to 1 cm long. Inflorescence axillary or lateral umbels, rarely lengthened into racemes; peduncle 2-3 cm long. Flowers pink; pedicels 0.8-1.4 cm long, stout. Calyx 3-5 mm long; lobes elliptic, obtuse, with membranous margins, in fruit enlarged, orbicular, closely pressed to the berry. Corolla-lobes 5-7 mm long, obliquely ovate-acuminate, gland-dotted. Berry 5-7 mm across, dipressed globose, apiculate, red at first turning purplish black.

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