Cup Saucer Plant
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Cup Saucer Plant
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Cup Saucer Plant, Cupped coral-berry tree • Gujarati: કંબોઇ kamboi • Kannada: ಅಸನ asana, ಬಿಳೀಸುಲಿ bilisuli, ಗೋಜೆ goje, ಗುರಿಗೆ gurige • Konkani: पोएं poem • Malayalam: പെരുംനിരൂരി perunniruri • Marathi: डाळफोडी dalfodi, कंगळी kangali • Nepali: सानों नुन ढिकी sano nun dhiki • Sanskrit: बहुप्रज bahupraja, बहुपुष्प bahupushpa, काम्बोजी kamboji • Mizo: Pi-bengbeh Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Breynia retusa    Family: Phyllanthaceae (Amla family)
Synonyms: Phyllanthus retusus, Breynia patens

Cup Saucer Plant is a shrub with spreading branches. Its striking feature is it fruit, which looks like a berry kept on a saucer, or a cup kept on a saucer to many. The common names of this plant originate from this. It is a small shrub, 2 m, with spreading branches. Alternately arranged leaves, 1-3 cm, are broadly elliptic, obtuse, with a rounded tip. Flowers are unisexual, in leaf axils, on filament-like peduncles. Male flowers 1-3 fascicled, yellow; female green; sepals 6, round; styles 3, divided into two. Fruits, 1-2 cm, are slightly flattened round berries, red, with much enlarged calyx which looks like a saucer.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke Photographed in Maharashtra.

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