Climbing Crossberry
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Climbing Crossberry
P Native Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Climbing Crossberry • Kannada: Kaadu Jaane, Kaaluvaame, Kadujane, Kalavame, Kalluami, Motadhamni, Bilisuri • Tamil: Atipala, Chakkarapantacceti, Chakkarapantam, Chirututti, Kalaitavam, Kalaitavattutti, Talini, Talinittutti, Tampuli, Tampulitutti
Botanical name: Microcos heterotricha    Family: Tiliaceae (Falsa family)
Synonyms: Grewia heterotricha, Grewia ritchiei, Grewia lawsoniana

Climbing Crossberry is a climbing shrub with leaves alternate, elliptic-ovate, ovate-lanceshaped to oblong, somewhat heart-shaped, blunt or rounded at base, rounded-toothed to sawtoothed at margin, pointed or tapering at tip, 5-13 x 2.5-7.5 cm, rough on both surfaces, sometimes harshly woolly beneath, 3-nerved; leaf-stalks to 1.3 cm long. Flowers are borne in leaf-opposed umbelled cymes; buds oblong, pointed, 1.5-1.8 cm long, brown-woolly; flower-cluster-stalks 2.5-11 cm long; flower-stalks 1-2.5 cm long. Petals are oblong-lanceshaped, pointed, 7-9 mm long, white; glands about 3 mm long. Sepals are linear-oblong, 1.5-1.8 cm long, densely velvet-hairy outside. Receptacle about 9 mm long, hairy. Ovary is almost spherical, about 1.5 mm across, hairy; stigma obscurely 4 or 5 lobed. Berries are 4-lobed, 1-2 cm across, becoming hairless, black-purple and fleshy. Climbing Crossberry is found in South India and Nicobar Islands.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke Photographed at Doraikatte Hill Top, Karnataka.

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