Orange Embelia
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Orange Embelia
E Native Photo: S. Jeevith
Common name: Orange Embelia
Botanical name: Embelia viridiflora    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)
Synonyms: Choripetalum aurantiacum

Orange Embelia is a large woody climbers, with stem warted with lenticels. Flowers are orange-red, borne in 2.5-3 cm long racemes in leaf-axils and lateral. Petals are 1.5-2 mm long, ovate, dotted ourside. Stamens are attached to petals; anthers yellowish white; filaments about 2 mm long. Bracts are about 0.1 cm long, triangular. Flower-stalks are about 1 mm long. Calyx tube small, 4-toothed, glandular without. Drupe about 6 mm across. Leaves are 5-10 x 3-4.5 cm, elliptic-lanceshaped to elliptic-obovate, broadly narrowed at base, pointed at tip, hairless on both sides; leaf-stalks 1-1.2 cm long. Orange Embelia is found in evergreen, Moist deciduous forests and grasslands, in South India. Flowering: January-April.

Identification credit: S. Jeevith Photographed in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

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