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Roxburgh's Cherry
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Roxburgh's Cherry
ative Photo: S. Kasim
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 much branched shrub or small tree, up to 3 m tall, with branchlets tawny-velvet-hairy. Leaves are elliptic or lanceshaped, 4-7 x 1-3 cm, leathery, pointed at base, bluntly tapering to tapering at tip; lateral nerves about 10 pairs; leaf-stalk 6-9 mm long. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils, 2-3 together or fascicled cymes or rarely solitary. Flowers are white, about 1.2 cm across; flower-stalks 0.6-1.5 cm long, tawny velvet-hairy. Bracteoles are 2, linear, 2.5 mm long. Sepal-cup is bell-shaped, 2.3-3 mm; sepals 4, ovate, about 4 x 3 mm. Petals are white, elliptic, about 6 x 4 mm. Fruits are nearly spherical, up to 1.3 x 1 cm across, green turning yellowish to orange or crimson, hairless; seed 1-2. Roxburgh's Cherry is found in Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, S. Vietnam, at altitudes of 100-900 m. Flowering April-August.

Photographed in Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu.

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