Roxburgh's Cherry   
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Roxburgh's Cherry
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Roxburgh's Cherry
Botanical name: Eugenia roxburghii    Family: Myrtaceae (Bottlebrush family)
Synonyms: Eugenia macrosepala, Syzygium bracteatum, Myrtus bracteata

Roxburgh's Cherry is a branching, low-growing shrub up to 5 m tall. Branches are round, rough, brown above, a little cracked, the extreme shoots and young leaves are thickly covered with rusty velvety hairs. Oppositely arranged leaves are shortly stalked, elliptic, blunt with a tapering tip, entire, smooth, leathery, bright shining green, and perforated with very small and numerous pellucid points. Flowers are white, stalked, in leaf axils. Flower-stalks are solitary, about as long as leaf-stalks, sometimes 2-flowered. Bracteas are two, very small, near the top of the flower-stalk. Sepal cup is tubular, tubular portion spherical, sepals unequal. Flowers have 4 petals, white, obovate to round, falling off early. Stamens are numerous, free, attached to a circular disk at the bottom of the limb of the calyx. Style is as long as the stamens, stigma simple. Fruit is deep orange-colored berry, about the size of a small cherry, one seeded. Roxburgh's Cherry is native of the sea coast, growing in salty, sandy soil. Flowering: March-May.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar Photographed enroute to Minapi Waterfalls, Goa & Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu.

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