Fragrant Opilia
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Fragrant Opilia
P Native Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Fragrant Opilia
Botanical name: Opilia amentacea    Family: Opiliaceae (Opilia family)
Synonyms: Opilia fragrans, Opilia javanica, Opilia tomentella, Opilia angiensis

Fragrant Opilia is a climbing shrub, but can also have a shrub-like or tree-like behavior. Branchlets are warty, brown woolly. Leaves are 6-9 x 3 cm, ovate, tip pointed, base blunt or pointed, leathery; leaf-stalk to 8 mm. Flowers are borne in racemes in leaf-axils, 1-5 together, up to 3 cm long. Flowers are in groups of 2 or 3, flower-stalks 2 mm; sepals 5, minute; petals 2 mm, oblong, recurved; stamens opposite to petals, filaments 2 mm; glands 5, fleshy, club shaped, alternating with the stamens; ovary 1-celled, 1.5 mm, oblong, style minute, ovule drooping. Fragrant Opilia is found in Peninsular India through Sri Lanka to Tropical Australia and Africa.

Identification credit: Arun Singh Photographed in Turahalli, Bangalore, Karnataka.

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