Donkey Berry
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Donkey Berry
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Donkey Berry, Sandpaper Raisin, Rough-leaved Raisin • Marathi: खटखटी Khatkhati • Kannada: ಕರ್ಕಲ Karkala • Hindi: चपरा Chapra, जर खैर Jar khair
Botanical name: Grewia flavescens    Family: Tiliaceae (Phalsa family)

Donkey Berry is a shrub or small tree, often seen in groups along the edges of roads, river banks and dry rivers, growing in large uniform groups. They are multi-stemmed and densely branched, forming a very irregular leafy canopy, and grow 2-5 m. Leaves are simple, alternate, hairy and light green on both sides, being more hairy underneath. Edges are irregularly toothed. Stalk is short and velvety. Leaf tips are pointed. They have yellow, star-like flowers. Petals are 5, about 2-3 mm wide, curved back. The fruit is berry-like and hard. The skin of the fruit is said to be the hardest amongst the Grewia species. The fruit are eaten by birds, especially hornbills, and also by monkeys. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed at Pisol fort, near Dhule, Maharashtra.

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