Few-Flowered Coralberry
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Few-Flowered Coralberry
ative Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Few-Flowered Coralberry • Malayalam: Muttamaram
Botanical name: Ardisia pauciflora    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)
Synonyms: Ardisia tenuiflora

Few-Flowered Coralberry is a shrub with branchlets radiate, densely dotted with red glands. Leaves are elliptic, tapering at both ends, densely dotted with black glands below, nerves indistinct; leaf-stalk 5 mm long. Flowers are borne in umbel-like racemes in leaf-axils. Flower-cluster-stalks are up to 1.5 cm long. Flowers are few-together; flower-stalks short; sepals ovate, pointed, hairy, dotted; petals are 2.5 mm long, ovate, pointed, reddish brown, hairless; anthers apiculate. Berry is 6 mm across, spherical, black, smooth. Few-Flowered Coralberry is found in South India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: February-May.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka.

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