Botanical name: Grewia umbellifera Family: Tiliaceae (Phalsa family)
Ghat Crossberry is a large evergreen shrub, 3-5 m tall. Branches are trailing, velvety. Alternately arranged leaves are 10-12 cm long, elliptic- oblong, long-pointed, toothed, with rounded base. Nerves are 3 pairs, and the leaf stalk is 1 cm long. Flowers arise in umbel-like clusters 5-10 cm, in leaf axils and at the end of branches. Buds are oblong, channeled. Flowers are white, aging to yellow, with long, strip-like petals which curl. A bunch of long white stamens protrude out from the center. Ghat Crossberry is found in W. Ghats, in all the Districts.
Identification credit: Prashant Awale
The flower labeled Ghat Crossberry is ...