Spreading Caper
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Spreading Caper
ative Photo: Satish Phadke
Common name: Spreading Caper • Marathi: पाचुंदा Pachunda • Sanskrit: Pakhoda, Pakhauda • Tamil: Turatti • Telugu: Budareni
Botanical name: Capparis divaricata    Family: Capparaceae (Caper family)

Spreading Caper is a bushy shrub to a small tree, with spreading branches. Bark is very rough, brown, deeply cleft, 1 inch thick. Leaves are linear or elliptic-lanceshaped, 1.5-3 inch long, 0.25-1 inch wide, on short stalks, thick, leathery. Stipular spines are straight. Flowers are yellow- green, 4-6 cm across, on 1.2-2.5 cm long stalks. Sepals are 4, ovate. Petals are oblong, rounded at the tip, velvety. The center has a mass of 3 cm long stamens, characteristic of all capers. Fruit is 2-3 inches in diameter, nearly round, 5-6 ribbed, tubercled. Flowering: February-March.

Identification credit: Satish Phadke Photographed in Maharashtra.

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