Mundagam Plum
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Mundagam Plum
E Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Mundagam Plum • Malayalam: Kattuchampa, Mundagam • Tamil: Kotta Samba
Botanical name: Syzygium mundagam    Family: Myrtaceae (Bottlebrush family)
Synonyms: Eugenia mundagam, Jambosa mundagam

Mundagam Plum is a tree up to 15 m tall, with bark 6-8 mm thick, brown, smooth; blaze reddish; branchlets tetragonous. Leaves are simple, opposite, estipulate; leaf-stalk 3-7 mm, stout, hairless; blade 12-30 x 5-12.5 cm, oblong or elliptic-oblong, base heart-shaped, tip pointed or blunt, margin entire, leathery, glandular dotted; lateral nerves 18-22 pairs. Flowers are bisexual, 4 cm across, white, in branch-end many flowered corymbs. Flowers are large, white, fragrant, with a profusion of long stamens. Flower-stalks are 5 mm long; sepal-tube stout, funnel shaped, sepals 4, 6 mm across, nearly round; furnished with a thick disc. Petals are 4, 1.2 x 1.5 cm, round; stamens many, free, bent inwards in the middle regularly when in the bud. Style is slender, longer than stamens; stigma slightly pointed. Fruit is a berry, 2.5 cm across, ovoid, greenish-pink. Mundagam Plum is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: February-March.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in cultivation at FRLHT Garden, Bengaluru.

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