Indian Caper
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Indian Caper
ative Photo: Aarti Khale
Common name: Indian Caper
Botanical name: Capparis brevispina    Family: Capparaceae (Caper family)
Synonyms: Capparis wallichiana

Indian Caper is a shrub armed with thorny stipules. Leaves are short- stalked, varying from broad-lanceshaped to oval, more or less pointed, mucronate, paler beneath. Flowers are borne singly in leaf axils, on stalks as long as the leaves. Flowers are large, 2 inches across, white, two upper petals tinged yellow, maturing to red. Anthers are blue. Berry is smooth, red when ripe. Indian Caper is common in the Malabar region, on dry rocky ground.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar
Photographed in Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai.
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