Botanical name: Ziziphus oenoplia Family: Rhamnaceae (Ber family)
Synonyms: Ziziphus oenopolia, Rhamnus oenopolia, Rhamnus oenoplia
Jackal Jujube is a very thorny straggling shrub with rusty-velvety young branches with paired thorns. Thorns are one straight and the other recurved. Alternately arranged simple leaves are ovate to ovate-lancelike, often oblique, with three prominent nerves and numerous transverse nervules. Tiny green flowers are borne in nearly stalkless velvety cymes in leaf axils. Fruits are spherical or obovoid drupes, black, shining, seeds woody.
Medicinal uses: The roots are astringent bitter, anthelmintic, digestive and antiseptic. They are useful in hyperacidity, ascaris infection, stomachalgia and healing of wounds.
Identification credit: Prashant Awale
The flower labeled Jackal Jujube is ...