Courtallam Coralberry
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Courtallam Coralberry
P Native Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Courtallam Coralberry
Botanical name: Ardisia rothii    Family: Myrsinaceae (Myrsine family)
Synonyms: Ardisia missionis, Ardisia courtallensis

Courtallam Coralberry is a small tree or large shrub up to 4 m tall. One of its names is after the Courtallam town in Tamil Nadu. Young branchlets are almost round, hairless. Leaves are simple, alternate, spirally arranged; leaf-stalk about 0.5 cm long or nearly stalkless, channeled, hairless; blade 14-29 x 4.5-7.5 cm, inverted-lanceshaped, tip pointed, base rounded to aurilcled, margin entire, transparent gland dotted, leathery, hairless; midrib channeled above; secondary nerves about 11-16 pairs. Flowers are borne in compound panicle of subumbels, at branch-ends or on lateral branches. Flower-cluster-stalks are up to 25 cm long, rusty velvet-hairy. Flowers are pink. Berry is spherical, red; seed one. Courtallam Coralberry is native to South India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: March-August.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke Photographed at Agumbe, Karnataka.

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