Bengal Coffee
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Bengal Coffee
D Native Photo: Amber Srivastava
Common name: Bengal Coffee • Nepali: जंगली कफी Jangalee Kafee
Botanical name: Coffea benghalensis    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Psilanthus benghalensis

Bengal Coffee is a deciduous shrub with pure white fragrant flowers, borne singly in leaf-axils or paired, appearing with or before the leaves. Flowers are 2.5-3.7 cm across; flower-tube funnel-shaped 1.3-1.8 cm, petals ovate-oblong, spreading. Calyx has 5 broad indistinct teeth divided into numerous linear segments. Leaves are opposite, ovate-elliptic long-pointed, papery, hairless, 5-12.5 crn, suddenly contracted into short leaf-stalks; stipules awl-shaped. Fruit is a black drupe about 1.3 cm. Bengal Coffee is found in the Himalayas, from Uttarakhand to Bhutan, NE India, Burma, at altitudes of 300-900 m. Flowering: March-May.

Identification credit: Amber Srivastava Photographed in Botanical Survey of India, Dehradun.

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