Botanical name: Ardisia solanacea Family: Myrsinaceae (Myrsine family)
Synonyms: Ardisia elliptica, Ardisia humilis
Shoebutton Ardisia is a large, evergreen shurb, growing up to 1.5-4 m tall. Leaves are 10-20 cm long, oblanceolate to obovate, entire, tip narrow, with short stalks. Flowers are 1.5-2 cm across, pink or pinkish- white, in axillary, corymb-like racemes, shorter than the leaves. Petals spread outwards, broad, tube very short. Fruit is 7-13 mm in diameter, depressed-round, black with pink juice when ripe, tipped by style base, supported on persistent sepals. Shoebutton Ardisia is a native of moist ravines and forests almost throughout India. It is also found in the Himalayas, at altittudes of 200-1100 m, Kumaun to Sikkim. Sometimes cultivated in gardens for its evergreen habit and showy pink flowers. Flowering: March-August.
Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé
The flower labeled Shoebutton Ardisia is ...