Chinese Caper
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Chinese Caper
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Chinese Caper
Botanical name: Capparis acutifolia    Family: Capparaceae (Caper family)
Synonyms: Capparis chinensis, Capparis kikuchii, Capparis tenuifolia

Chinese Caper is easily distinguished by its ovate-elliptic leaves measuring 10.5-12.5 x 4-5.5 cm, and the 1.5-2 cm long tapering tip. The blade is glossy when fresh; transparent and thinly papery when dry. The slightly flexuous, lenticelate and hairless twigs end in an inflorescence. The flowers are arranged in a series of 3-4 along the twigs. The ovate-elliptic sepals are keeled and measure 5-6 x 2-3 mm; they are hairy outside and hairless inside. The inverted-lanceshaped petals, 10-15 x 4-5 mm, are woolly on both surfaces but more tomentous on the lower surface. The petals are white but pinkish on the elongated disc at the base of the dorsal petals. There are about 30 stamens; the whitish pink filaments are 2.5-3.5 cm long and the pale purple anthers are about 1.5 mm long. Chinese Caper

Identification credit: Momang Taram Photographed in Pasighat, East-Siang distt, Arunachal Pradesh.

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