Cartilage Caper
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Cartilage Caper
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Cartilage Caper
Botanical name: Capparis spinosa subsp. cartilaginea    Family: Capparaceae (Caper family)
Synonyms: Capparis cartilaginea

Cartilage Caper is a scrambling shrub which grows by spreading or scrambling over rocks. It has long, hairless stems which are typically bent and twisted, with white-grey or yellowish-green bark, coated in a waxy or powdery bloom. The oval-shaped leaves of the plant are broad and fleshy, often ending in a hooked, yellowish-brown spine below the pointed tip. During the flowering period, Cartilage Caper produces large, attractive white flowers which possess many erect stamens and unequally shaped petals, two of which are fused and slightly hooded, fitting into a helmet-shaped sepal. Fruits is ovoid or ellipsoid, 3-5 cm long, 2-3 cm broad, often reddish and ribbed, many seeded and pulpy.

Identification credit: Pravin Kawale, Silvio Fici Photographed in Narayan sarovar, Gujarat.

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