Ceylon Boxwood   
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Ceylon Boxwood
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Ceylon Boxwood • Kannada: Hatteranike, Abalu • Marathi: अरसुल Arsul, तुपा Tupa • Tamil: imburuttam • Telugu: nalla balasu, balasu naikinna
Botanical name: Canthium diccocum    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Canthium didymum, Psydrax dicoccos

Ceylon Boxwood is a small evergreen tree, up to 5 m tall and 45-60 cm in girth. Bark is grey, smooth, peeling in vertical long, narrow strips. Leaves are deep green, leathery variable in shape and size, ovate- elliptic or lanceshape, pointed, base narrow, blunt or heart-shaped. Flowers are white or greenish white, fragrant, in stalked flat-topped clusters. Fruit is a drupe, round and purple. Ceylon Boxwood grows wild in most parts of tropical India including the Andaman and Nicobar islands. It bears small shining dark purple fruits which taste good and are fondly eaten buy local people. This fruit is also reported to grow in Ceylon and other islands in the Indian Ocean. Flowering: October-November.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale & Shrikant Ingalhalikar
Photographed at Sunset point, Matheran, Maharashtra.
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