Sahyadri Ylang-Ylang
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Sahyadri Ylang-Ylang
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Sahyadri Ylang-Ylang • Malayalam: കാരപ്പൂമരം karappumaram • Marathi: रानचाफा ranchapha
Botanical name: Desmos lawii    Family: Annonaceae (Sugar-apple family)

Sahyadri Ylang-Ylang is climber or a spreading shrub endemic to Western Ghats. It has been often confused with Desmos chinensis. Young shoots are silky velvety. Leaves are 9-13 x 3-4 cm, ovate-oblong, tip pointed acute, base rounded, glaucous below, nerves 8 pairs. Flowers arise singly in leaf axils. Flower-stalks are 2-4 cm long, slender, bracteate. Sepals are up to 9 x 6 mm, obovate, softly haory, yellowish green. Petals are biseriate, 5-7 x 0.5 cm, linear-oblong, softly hairy, stamens 1 mm long; ovaries many, densely hairy, stigma spherical, red. Fruitlets are up to 7 x 6 mm, globose-oblong, stipitate, beaked, seeds globose, stipe 1 cm long, slender.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar
Photographed at Ulavi, Karnataka.
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