Small-Flowered Caper
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Small-Flowered Caper
P Native Photo: C. Rajasekar
Common name: Small-Flowered Caper
Botanical name: Capparis fusifera    Family: Capparaceae (Caper family)
Synonyms: Capparis parviflora Bedd., Capparis tomentella

Small-Flowered Caper is an erect much branched shrub, slightly hairy. Flowers are borne singly or 2-3 together. Petals are white, 1.5 cm long, obovate, blunt. Numerous white stamens protrude out of the flower, longer than the petals. Spines are very small on either sides of the leaf-stalk. Leaves are up to 18 x 7 cm, elliptic, pointed at either ends, leathery, hairless, lateral nerves 8-10 pairs; leaf-stalk 0.5 cm, stout. Berry is 4 x 2 cm, ellipsoid, rind hard; flower-stalk 7 mm in fruit. Small-Flowered Caper is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: October-January.

Identification credit: C. Rajasekar Photographed in Kalakkad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu.

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