Konkan Spike Thorn
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Konkan Spike Thorn
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Konkan Spike Thorn
Botanical name: Maytenus puberula    Family: Celastraceae (Spike-thorn family)
Synonyms: Gymnosporia puberula, Gymnosporia konkanensis

Konkan Spike Thorn is a large unarmed shrub found in Western Ghats. Leaves are 5-7 cm long, 2.5-3.5 cm wide, obovate, pointed to long-pointed, toothed, net-veined, hairless or nearly so above. Leaves are hairy on the nerves on the underside. Base is tapering, pointed. Leaf-stalks are 3-6 mm long. Flowers are borne in slender cymes 2.5-5 cm long, in leaf axils or fascilced at the ends of short branchlets. Flower-stalks are slender, bracts lanceshaped, pointed. Sepal cup is deeply divided, with circular sepals. Petals are 2-3 mm long, elliptic blunt. Fruit is obovoid, 8 mm long. Found flowering: July.

Identification credit: Samir Mehta, Radha Veach, Robert H. Archer
Photographed at Prabal Machi, Maharashtra.
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