Blunt-Leaf Coca
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Blunt-Leaf Coca
P Native Photo: S. Jeevith
Common name: Blunt-Leaf Coca
Botanical name: Erythroxylum obtusifolium    Family: Erythroxylaceae (Coca family)
Synonyms: Sethia obtusifolia

Blunt-Leaf Coca is a shrub with leaves elliptic to obovate, wedge-shaped to blunt at base, pointed at tip with an blunt tip, 4-9 x 2-5 cm, reddish brown when dry; midnerve prominent beneath, sunken above; lateral nerves 8-11 pairs, distinct on both surfaces. Leaf-stalks are 4-7 mm long; stipules lanceshaped, 5-7 mm long, off leaving a scar. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils, solitary or in pairs, yellowish white; flower-stalks about 3 mm long, elongating to about 5 mm in fruit, swollen. Sepals are ovate, pointed at tip, about 1.5 mm long. Petals are oblong, rounded at tip, about 4.5 x 1.5 mm. Fruits are oblong, about 1.3 x 0.4 cm, longitudinally ridged, red when mature; free parts of filaments also persistent along with staminal tube. Blunt-Leaf Coca is found in South India and Sri Lanka.

Identification credit: S. Jeevith Photographed in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

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