Indian Saprosma
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Indian Saprosma
ative Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Indian Saprosma
Botanical name: Saprosma glomeratum    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Saprosma indicum

Indian Saprosma is a shrub, up to 1.5 m tall. Leaves are up to 12 x 5 cm, ovate-oblong, pointed, somewhat heart-shaped at base, domatia glandular, nerves 10-15 pairs. An interesting character about this plant is that it emits a strong smell of rotten eggs when the leaf is crushed. Flowers are borne 3-6 together, in terminal clusters, 7 mm long, shortly stalked, calyx 2 mm long, lobesepals 4, ovate, acute. Flowers are white, densely hairy within; anthers stalkless. Berry is 1 cm across, spherical, emarginate, deep blue. Indian Saprosma is found in Western Ghats, particularly Karnataka and Kerala.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Kodagu district, Karnataka.

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