Common name: Nilgiri Atalantia, Wild Orange • Kannada: ಕದು ನಿಮ್ಬೆ Kadu nimbe
Botanical name: Atalantia wightii Family: Rutaceae (Citrus family)
Synonyms: Atalantia ceylanica
Nilgiri Atalantia is a large, woody shrub or small tree, unarmed or with
long, straight thorns. Leaves are 1-foliolate, alternate, with 5-10 mm long
leaf stalk. Leaflets 4-9 x 1.5-4 cm, elliptic-oblong, entire or crenulate,
blunt tipped, base acute or rounded, gland-dotted. Flowers 2-3 mm long, bud
spherical, white, in racemes in leaf axils. Stalk carry the racemes are 1 cm
long. Flower stalk 2-3 mm long. Sepals 4, free, oblong. Stamens 8, free ;
filaments flattened, alternate shorter. Disc annular. Ovary 1 mm cross.
Berry 2-2.5 cm across, round; seeds 2-4. Flowering: October.
Identification credit: Navendu Pagé
|Photographed in Photographed in Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai.|