Ponkorandi

Scientific Name :
Salacia fruticosa Heyne ex Lawson
Synonym(s) :
Local/Common name(s) :
Ponkorandi
Family :
Celastraceae
Habit :
Climber
Flowering/Fruiting Time :
February-May
Habitat :
Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, also in the sacred groves and plains
Endemic :
Yes
Status (IUCN) :
Distribution :
Western Ghats
Nativity :
Indigenous
Uses :
Description (Morphology) :

Woody climbing shrubs; branchlets looped; young shoots puberulous. Leavessimple, opposite, 3.8 – 7 x 2-4 cm, elliptic-ovate or elliptic-oblong, apex obtusely acuminate, base rounded or cuneate, coriaceous; petiole c. 5 mm long. Cymes axillary; pedicels 3-5 mm long. Calyx 5-lobed, minute; lobes minutely ciliate on margins. Petals 5, brownish-yellow, c. 2 mm across, orbicular. Disc fleshy. Stamens 3, inserted on the inner margin of the disc; filaments broad, curved. Ovary globose, minute, partially sunk in the disc, 3-celled; ovules 2-8 in each cell; style very short; stigma capitate, obscurely 3-lobed. Berry 2-2.5 cm across, globose, red; seeds 1-3.

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