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Panicled Coralberry   
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Panicled Coralberry
ative Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Panicled Coralberry
Botanical name: Ardisia paniculata    Family: Myrsinaceae (Myrsine family)
Synonyms: Ardisia volubilis, Ardisia ovata

Panicled Coralberry is an evergreen shrub, up to 4 m tall, or a small tree. Young branchlets are round, hairless. Leaves are simple, alternate, spiral, subverticilate; leaf-stalk about 0.5 cm long or nearly stalkless, canaliculate, hairless; blade 14-29 x 4.5-7.5 cm, inverted-lanceshaped, tip pointed, base rounded to eared, margin entire, transparent gland dotted, leathery, hairless. Midrib is channelled above, secondary nerves about 11-16 pairs, tertiary nerves broadly netveined. Flowers are often borne in compound panicles of subumbels, at branch-ends or on lateral branches. Flower-cluster-stalk is up to 25 cm long, rusty velvet-hairy. Panicles are large, 15-25 cm long, compound, branches more or less flattened. Flower buds are rose red, sepals small, round. Flowers are pink. Berry is spherical, red, seed one. Panicled Coralberry is found in South India and Sri Lanka, in the Western Ghats - Central Sahyadri.

Identification credit: Anurag Sharma Photographed in Agumbe, Karnataka.

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