Mallow-Leaved Crossberry
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Mallow-Leaved Crossberry
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Mallow-Leaved Crossberry • Kannada: ಜಾನಿ ಗಿಡ jani gida • Khasi: soh eitblang • Konkani: कौरी kowri • Marathi: किरमीठ kirmith • Oriya: ryna • Telugu: గువ్వతడ guvvatada, పెద్దతడ peddatada
Botanical name: Grewia abutilifolia    Family: Tiliaceae (Phalsa family)

Mallow-Leaved Crossberry is a or small tree 1-5 m tall. Branchlets are yellow-brown hairy. Leaf stalk is 1-2 cm long, coarsely velvety. Leaves are broadly ovate to nearly circular, usually lobed distally, 7-11 × 5-9 cm, papery, densely yellow and brown, velvety. Base is rounded or slightly heart-shaped, margin toothed, tip pointed. Flowers are borne in cymes 3-7 per leaf axil. Flower stalk is 4-8 mm long. Bracts are threadlike. Sepals are white, narrowly oblong, 6-8 × 2 mm. Petals are 2-3 mm. Stamens are 4-5 mm. Style is as long as sepals, stigma 2-lobed. Fruit is obscurely 2- or 4-lobed, velvety.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar, Satish Phadke
Photographed at Tungwadi near Pavana Lake, Lonavala, Maharashtra.
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