False Lime
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False Lime
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: False Lime, False Lime • Hindi: बन नारंगा Ban Naranga • Kachari: Midouma-baphang • Kuki: Theng chek-te • Karbi: Martu-kelok-arong • Mizo: Thingmawi
Botanical name: Suregada multiflora    Family: Euphorbiaceae (Castor family)
Synonyms: Gelonium multiflorum

False Lime is a tall shrub or a small trees, growing 2-13 m tall, native to NE India. Branches are gray-yellow to gray-brown, hairless. Leaf stalks are 3-12 mm long. Leaf blade is obovate-elliptic to obovate-lanceshaped or oblong-elliptic, 5-16 cm long, 3-8 cm wide, somewhat leathery, with a pointed tip. Flowers are borne in short stalked cymes. Flowers are tiny, 5-8 mm across, male and female flowers separate on the same tree. Male flowers have circular sepals, with 30-60 stamens. Female flowers have an annular disk, and a spherical ovary. Sepals are persistent on the fruit, which is round, 1.1-1.5 cm across, slightly fleshy, 3-seeded. False Lime is found from NE India to China and SE Asia. Flowering: March-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Sundar Nursery, Delhi & Bada Botla forest, Jharkhand.

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