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Leschenault's Gooseberry   
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Leschenault's Gooseberry
P Native Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Leschenault's Gooseberry
Botanical name: Phyllanthus leschenaultii    Family: Phyllanthaceae (Amla family)
Synonyms: Phyllanthus missionis

Leschenault's Gooseberry is a slender, quite hairless shrub, up to 2-2.5 m tall. Leaves are alternate, very thin, leaf-stalked, membranous, elliptic-oblong, blunt, base pointed; nerves 6-8 pair, distinct; stipules small, ovate-lanceshaped. Flower-stalks are much shorter than the leaves. Flowers are very small, the sepals with obscure scarious margins. Male flowers are often 3 together. Sepals are slightly enlarged but not reflexed in fruit. Stamens are 3; filaments free. Ovary 3-celled; anthers didymous; styles short, reflexed, arms recurved. Capsules are minute, smooth, leathery; seeds ribbed. Leschenault's Gooseberry is found in Western Ghats & Eastern Ghats, in moist deciduous Forests. Flowering: August-October.

Identification credit: Tapas Chakrabarty Photographed in Nelliyampathy, Kerala.

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