Botanical name: Erythroxylum monogynum Family: Erythroxylaceae (Coca family)
Synonyms: Erythroxylon monogynum
Red Cedar is a small tree with dark brown, thick, rough bark. Leaves are wedge-shaped, 1-2 inches long, dull, not shining, glaucous, brown beneath when dry. Flowers arise in leaf axils, generally in fascicles of 1-4. Flowers are small, white or pink, bisexual, 5-parted. Petals have an erect double scale on the inner face. Stamens are 10 - filaments united into a short tube. Drupe is bright scarlet, 1 celled, 1 seeded, generally supported by the persistent sepal cup and staminal tube. Red Cedar is common in the forests along the Godavari river. The wood is used as a substitute for Sandal. The Brahmins of Manthani on the Godavari, make use of it in their religious ceremonies. Wood is very hard, takes beautiful polish.
Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé & Sankara Rao
The flower labeled Red Cedar is ...