Cat Thorn
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Cat Thorn
ative Photo: Narendra Joshi
Common name: Cat Thorn, Droog-my-Keel • Kannada: ಕುರುಡಿ kurudi • Marathi: चिमट chimat • Oriya: vallivadari • Tamil: பின்றொடரி pinrotari, சுடலி sudali, தொடரி totari, துட்டவி tuttavi • Telugu: గద్దగోరు gadda-goru, గరికి gariki Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Scutia myrtina    Family: Rhamnaceae (Ber family)
Synonyms: Rhammus myrtinus, Scutia indica, Scutia circumscissa

Cat Thorn is a large shrub, armed with recurved prickles, growing to 2-3 m tall. Prickles are hooked. Oppositely arranged leaves, 2-4 cm across, are somewhat circular, leathery and shining. Leaf stalks are 6 mm. Flowers are borne in umbels in leaf axils, on short stalks. Flowers have 5 slender sepals and 5 clawed petals and 5 stamens. Fruits are spherical, smooth 6 mm across. Flowering: March-April.

Identification credit: Narendra Joshi, Chandrashekhar Marathe Photographed in Maharashtra & Karnataka.

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