Royle's Spike Thorn
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Royle's Spike Thorn
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Royle's Spike Thorn • Hindi: Bhadhrun, Gwaladarim, Kura • Oriya: Koirogo • Telugu: Dandasu, Danti, Goddati, Goddaticinni
Botanical name: Gymnosporia royleana    Family: Celastraceae (Spike-thorn family)
Synonyms: Maytenus royleana, Euonymus spinosus, Celastrus royleanus

Royle's Spike Thorn is a shrubs with very spiny straight or slightly zigzag branches. Thorns are sturdy, 1-2.5 cm long in leaf axils. Leaf-stalks are 2-4 mm, leaves obovate or elliptic, 1.5-4 × 0.5-2 cm, thickly papery, base narrow, margin entire or not slightly toothed, tip pointed to blunt, rarely rounded. Lateral veins are 5 or 6 pairs. Flowers are borne in 1 to several, fascicled, 1-7-flowered cymes. Petals are white, oblong-ovate. Capsules are 5-7 mm broad, trigonous, splitting open into 3 valves. Royle's Spike Thorn is found on mountain slopes of Afghanistan, India, Kashmir, Pakistan, and parts of China. Flowering: all year.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh & Rajouri, J&K.

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