Goa Cherry
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Goa Cherry
P Native Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Goa Cherry
Botanical name: Eugenia macrosepala    Family: Myrtaceae (Bottlebrush family)

Goa Cherry is a large shrub to small tree, up to 5 m tall, with branchlets velvet-hairy; young flush reddish. Leaves are elliptic to elliptic- oblong or oblong-lanceshaped, 7-14.5 x 2.7-5.5 cm, papery, pointed at base, bluntly tapering at tip; lateral nerves 10-15 pairs; leaf-stalk 0.5-0.8 cm long, velvet-hairy when young. Flowers are white, stalkless, in leaf-axils or lateral from the leafless axils, solitary or in pairs. Bracteoles are 2, linear, hairy, exceeding the sepals. Sepal-tube is 6 mm long, clothed with long spreading white hairs without; sepals 4, narrowly lanceshaped, fringed with hairs, exceeding the petals. Petals are white, ovate-oblong, blunt, fringed with hairs. Fruit irregularly spherical, 2.8 cm in diam., velvet-hairy, deep orange when ripe; seeds 2-3. Goa Cherry is found in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, at altitudes up to 1000 m.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar, J.M. Garg Photographed enroute to Minapi Waterfalls, Goa.

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