Small-Flowered Spiny Caper
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Small-Flowered Spiny Caper
P Native Photo: Milind Girdhari
Common name: Small-Flowered Spiny Caper
Botanical name: Capparis spinosa subsp. spinosa var. parviflora    Family: Capparaceae (Caper family)
Synonyms: Capparis parviflora Boissier, Capparis murrayana

Small-Flowered Spiny Caper is a spiny, trailing, deciduous shrub. Twigs are thin, short and often congested, velvet-hairy when young. Stipular thorns are recurved, up to 5 mm long. Leaf-stalks are 1.5-5 mm long. Leaf-blade is ovate, oblong-ovate, round or obovate, not leathery, more or less velvet-hairy, 0.6-1.4 x 0.5-1.2 cm, rounded or shortly narrowed at base, blunt, flat or rarely pointed at tip, with mucro or prickle up to 0.5 mm. Flowers are slightly zygomorphic; sepals 0.9-1.4 cm long; petals 1.0-1.7 cm long. Fruit is ellipsoid to spherical 1.2-1.7 x 0.8-1.0 cm long. Small-Flowered Spiny Caper is is found in Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan and India. In India it is localized in Maharashtra.

Identification credit: Milind Girdhari, Tabish Photographed at Raigad Fort Maharashtra.

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