Common name: Gorbale (Marathi), Gurani, Kurati (Konkani)
Botanical name: Ixora brachiata Family: Rubiaceae (coffee family)
Gorbale is a small tropical tree found in evergreen forests of southern parts
like Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, to 10 m tall. Oppositely arranged leaves,
14-16 x 3.5-6.5 cm, are elliptic-oblong or elliptic-obovate, with obtuse tip
and acute base. Flowers 5-6 mm long, white, sessile or subsessile, in terminal
paniculata cymes ; peduncle 10-15 cm long, reddish, compressed, pubescent.
The branches of the clusters are red in color and the
flowers are tiny white, with 4 narrow petals.
Flower tube is 5-6 mm long, narrow, with petals 2 mm long, oblong, bent
abruptly backward. Fruit is 7-8 mm across, round or slightly 2-lobed, reddish;
seeds 1 or 2. Flowering: December-February.
Identification credit: Pravin Kawale & Prashant Awale
|Photographed in Maharashtra.|