South Indian Wild Coffee
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South Indian Wild Coffee
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: South Indian Wild Coffee • Kannada: ಕಾಡುಕಾಫಿ Kaadu coffee • Marathi: Shivan Yallaki
Botanical name: Psychotria flavida    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)

South Indian Wild Coffee is a shrub up to 3 m tall. Leaves are obovate, 12-16 cm long, 4-6 cm wide, lateral nerves 14-16 pairs. Small white flowers are borne in corymb-like heads. Sepal structure is cup-shaped, with 5 sepals. Flowers are white, funnel-shaped. Flower tube is silky inside, and the petals are incurved. Anthers are ovate. South Indian Wild Coffee is found on the hills in peninsular India, at altitudes higher than 900 m. It grows gregariously in Shola grasslands. Flowering: March-May.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed in Patharpunj, Maharashtra.

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