Bare Caper   
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Bare Caper
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Bare Caper • Hindi: करेल Karel • Marathi: नेपटी Nepati • Tamil: Sirakkali • Malayalam: Karimullu • Telugu: Kariramu • Kannada: Chippuri • Urdu: Khirar خرار • Gujarati: Kera
Botanical name: Capparis decidua    Family: Capparaceae (Caper family)

Bare Caper is a climbing shrub with vine-like branches hanging in bundles. The bark is greeish-yellow and smooth. The thorns are paired, pale brown, straight or hooked and to 0.5cm. There are only leaves on young shoots that are small and narrow and soon fall off. Leaves only appear during short rains. Flowers are pink-red, single or in threes beside leaves and about 1cm across. Flowers appear at the beginning of the dry season. Fruits are red and rounded, about 1cm across, black when ripe and dry. Fruits are edible. The skin of the fruit has to be removed and the flesh can be eaten. Everybody collects and eats the fruits.

Photographed in JNU & Garden of Five Senses, Delhi.

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